I’m convinced that this is a fairly accurate depiction of the way Laurie views me.  Constantly lost in clothes that are too big for me… Well, my clothing budget only stretches so far, so I’m going to have to cruise the cycle of buying clothes that fit (but may be a bit snug), watching them transform to too big and wash, rinse, repeat until I find myself at a stable resting weight at the end of the “loss” portion of this fitness game.

So, Friday, I had my annual “Wellness Check” at work.  I didn’t think too much of it.  Fill out the questionnaire, show up at a screening appointment and let them poke and prod you, and collect $100 in your pay check.  It’s a nice little annual bonus for making the slightest effort towards maintaining your health.  So, I showed up and got measured and what not and then sat in the waiting area for the nurse (?) to be ready to discuss my results.

She called me over and had the usual stern look on her face as she glanced over my stats.  I prepared myself to hear the usual lecture which she seemed in no real mood to give.

I logged into my Mhealthy account, and was surprised to see that the previous years measurements were available.  She started commenting on my current weight, and I was able to point to her computer screen and say “True, but see where I was before?”

“Wow!  That’s great.  Let’s look at your waist measurement.”

“Yep… and here’s where I was last year.”

“Oh My God!  What have you been doing?!?  Did you have surgery?”

“I’m pretty sure I’d be thin by now if I had surgery.  No… just counting calories and exercise…”

“That’s great, but we should talk about your cholesterol.  It’s a bit high… “

“True, but see?  It was at 357.”

“Holy… I’ve been doing this for years, and I’ve never seen anyone here make this kind of improvement before…  This is so great…”

And so on and so on… Let’s just say that I made her day, and she made mine.

I was actually surprisingly pleased to have my old waist measurement.  It never occurred to me to take it before, and now that I have the new number… Wow!  Fourteen inches… feels like… Victory!

…but there’s so much more to do, so let’s get to it.

Food Intake:

  • Breakfast – Whole Wheat Naan (1/2 piece) with olive bruschetta (1 tsp-ish) and 1 mandarin
  • Lunch – Celeries, carrots, hummus and 1 mandarin
  • Dinner – Pork tenderloin with braised onion and jalapeno, spinach salad with mushrooms, tomatoes and kalamata olives
  • Evening snack – shrimp crackers (150 calories worth)

Food was good today.  I finally brought my own hummus and veggies from home rather than depending on the cafeteria.  That should help keep costs down.  Yesterday I made shrimp and salad for dinner.

  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 12 oz cleaned, uncooked shrimp
  • red chili flakes
  • jarred roast red peppers – diced (I used red pepper bruschetta)
  • Baby Spinach
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • mushrooms (diner’s choice)
  • olive oil
  • balsamic
  • craisons
  • 1-2 oz feta

Turn oven on to 350°F and place walnuts on baking sheet.  Toast while prepping the rest.  Mix 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tsp chili flakes and balsamic to make a vinaigrette – set aside.

Spray non-stick pan with cooking spray and heat (med-high).  Add shrimp, 1 tbs of vinaigrette and cook roughly 3 minutes turning once.  While the shrimp cooks slice tomatoes into large chunks.

Place spinach in large salad dish, and add mushrooms, half the tomatoes and a handful of craisons.

Remove shrimp from pan.  Add 2 tbs of roast red pepper, remainder of tomatoes and 3 tbs of vinaigrette.  Heat until tomatoes are warmed, add shrimp back and toss to combine.  Plate and serve immediately.

Remove walnuts from oven and add to salad.  Sprinkle with crumbled feta.  Serve with remaining vinaigrette (or whatever dressing your dining companion prefers).



Heart Rate Chart

Typical day in the gym though a bit of an exercise in “Hey, someone is using my station… again.”  I do hope they fix the elliptical soon.  Either that or I’m going to have to start running on the treadmill.  No one wants that!