Week 3: Update

I am so close to my goal, I can almost taste it. Figuratively…and literally.

I had another impressive loss this week by removing 2.2 pounds. This is huge! I am officially losing “new weight” as opposed to the gain-2-lose-2 cycle that I seem to find myself in every few months. This new weight removed means I am only .6 pounds away from my 30th Birthday Goal of seeing under 200 pounds! Yes, that is right. Less than a pound away. Holy shit! I almost can’t believe it.

You know what else? I am only 1.6 pounds away from having lost 100 pounds. Let me repeat, I have already lost 98.4 pounds.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that day when I decided to run a 5K that 3.5 years later I would have completed 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and now triathlons. Never. I was hoping to lose maybe 10 pounds, 15 if I was lucky. 100? The thought have never crossed my mind that it was humanly possible without a TV show, medical procedure, or a personal trainer. But here I am, 1.4 pounds away. Hard work, diet and exercise does in fact pay off! Who knew? 😉

Stay tuned – I have some new recipe reviews and some insight into cake.



Week 2 Update

Let me just say that I was very surprised at my weigh-in on Tuesday. Despite following the plan and working out, I thought my weekend splurges were going to throw me off track…

Hark! The scale showed a removal of 2.4 pounds!

A week in review:

  • I had several intense workout sessions including 5-mile pre-work runs with my running ladies; anger management class with the ab guy; and a 20-mile bike ride with my favorite marathoner.
  • I tracked everything I ate (even my Friday and Saturday splurges) and I drank plenty of water.
  • Friday night was a dinner splurge. I had been meaning to try the Italian deli (Vace) in Cleveland Park for several months now, so I decided to get some fixings for dinner. I got homemade whole wheat pasta, pesto sauce, and a slice of mushroom pizza. While everything was delish, it was pretty expensive PointsPlus wise. I did measure my pasta and sauce before I put it on the plate, and I served it with a tomato and cucumber salad.
  • Saturday was an even bigger splurge when the BF and I went to the Yankees-Nats game. I had intentions of working out that morning, but epically failed and did nothing. I generally like the food at ballparks more than I like the baseball, so I was ready to eat whatever cravings I had. I ordered a pre-game soft pretzel, and lunch/dinner of a  Shake Shack burger, a black and white custard, and some of the bf’s fries. I was seriously disappointed in my burger. Like, I wanted to pout, disappointed. I have been waiting anxiously to try this place, and the burger was small and didn’t have a lot of toppings. I didn’t think the burger was worth the PointsPlus like a Z burger or Five Guys burger is.
  • While I did splurge, I stayed within my total allowance (32 daily/ 49 weekly) PointsPlus.

All in all, I was pleased with the result of the week. I am now at a weight that I haven’t seen since high school; this makes me super excited, encouraged, and ready to kill those last 2.8 pounds (before I set a new goal!)

Bring it Week 3!

Recipe Review: Chicken and Summer Vegetable Tostadas


Source: Adapted from Cooking Light


1 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

non-stick cooking spray

1 lb chicken breast, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

1 c fresh corn kernels

1 c zucchini, chopped (about 1 medium)

1/2 c salsa verde

3 tbs chopped fresh cilantro

4 whole wheat flour tortillas

4 oz. shredded fat free mozzarella cheese


Combine cumin, salt and pepper. Rub into chicken. Heat skillet and coat with cooking spray. Add chicken to skillet and saute for 3 – 5 minutes. Add onion, corn, zucchini to skillet. Saute for 2- 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Stir in salsa and cilantro and cook until most liquid is evaporated.

In another pan, heat one tortilla for 2 minutes and flip it over for another 2 minutes. Add 1/4 of the chicken mixture, and cover with 1 oz cheese. Cook until tortilla is crisp and cheese is melty. Repeat with other 3 tortillas. Serve immediately.

Serves 4. 7 PointsPlus per tostada. Serve with 1/2 cup black beans (2 PointsPlus)

Review: This was super easy to make, took about 15 minutes total, and very filling. I liked the salsa verde; it was a nice change of pace. Way to get some veggies into dinner!

Week 1 Update

First and foremost I wanted to thank all of my family and friends for the outpour of encouragement and support that you have shown me! I am thankful that I have so many wonderful people willing to keep me accountable and force me to ask myself the tough questions – especially if I did everything I could this week – if I gave it over 100%.

The answer was yes, I did, and my scale results affirmed my effort.

I removed 3.8 pounds this week, bringing me to 205.2. I have 5.2 pounds to lose until birthday in 7 weeks.

How did I achieve these results? I think this had something to do with it:

  • I tracked every little thing that went into my mouth. Even the mini 3 Musketeers bar I swiped from my coworkers candy dish. Even the creamer I put in my coffee. Even the Creamery ice cream which turned out to be dinner on Monday. Everything.
  • I drank water like it was my full-time job.
  • I exercised – a lot. I biked to work three times, I went for morning runs with my running buddies, I went to anger management (boxing) classes, I white water rafted, I did freaking jumping jacks with 8 lb weights.
  • I let myself splurge on Saturday on a cookout meal. After a full day on the river, I ate 1 hot dog, 1 cheeseburger, 1/2 cup maccaroni salad, and a cookie dough flurry.
  • I did not splurge on the piece of chocolate cake at Giant with 3, yes 3, buttercream frosting flowers.
  • I bought a ton of groceries at the farmer’s market…and then I had to plan what to do with them!
  • I spent a good portion of Sunday preparing healthy meals for this week. I made a Zeleny Borscht, green bean and zucchini stir fry, vegetable “fried” rice, and kale chips.

As you can see, Week 1’s efforts were a huge success. Week 2 is starting off well. I have kept up my exercising, and I had a very successful meal out.

When my friend mentioned Indian for dinner, I was immediately excited because I love Indian but worried because a lot of sauces are not WeWa friendly. To set myself up for a success at dinner, I:  (1) did not eat my vegetable “fried” rice at lunch. I decided to save the extra PointsPlus for dinner; (2) consulted my WeWa handbook for plan friendly Indian suggestions; (3) did not order naan; and (4) ordered the Chicken Tikka (grilled), ate 1/4 c rice, and ordered one yummy potato appetizer dish, and 1/2 glass of wine. I was still surprised that I went over my PointsPlus allowance for the day, but I was proud that I did not order my favorite saucy lamb dish and a basket of bread. 😀

Come on Week 2, I am ready!

Zeleny Borscht

Spring in Ukraine was a magical time – foods reappeared at the markets. Once or twice every spring, my host mom would make this wonderful soup called Zeleny Borscht (Green Borscht). I have no idea why it was called Zeleny Borscht because half of the ingredients for regular borscht aren’t even in the soup (ahem – beets!). Feeling nostalgic at the farmer’s market on Saturday, I bought the ingredients and tried my hand at some spring veggie soup!

Zeleny Borscht


1 Tbs butter

1 c diced carrots

1 c diced onion

a bunch of sorrel* chopped

32 oz. chicken or vegetable stock

bay leaf

3 or 4 diced scallions

chopped dill and parsley

2 hard-boiled eggs

dab of sour cream and salt and pepper to taste


Melt butter in a soup pot. Add carrots and onion and cook until softened but not browned. Add stock and bay leaf and boil for 10 minutes. Add sorrel (it will turn a khaki green), scallions, dill, parsley. Heat for 5 minutes more and viola! Soup!

To serve, add 1/2 a hard-boiled egg, sour cream, and salt/pepper to taste.

(Optional: 2 or 3 diced potatoes. Add with stock and bay leaf).

Serves 4. (3 PointsPlus per serving)

Also in picture are three boiled pierogies and a dab of sour cream. (5 PointsPlus).

*Author’s Note: Sorrel is a leafy green that is slightly bitter. It can be used in soups and salads.

A Little Help From My Friends

As much as I pretend it isn’t happening, my 30th birthday is creeping up in 8 weeks. I have had my goal to get under 200 pounds since the start of the new year. I am still 9 pounds away. I am going to come clean. For the past six months, I have been failing miserably at reaching my goal.

At one point (shocker, it was close to the triathlon), I was at 205. I have been as high as 212. And I have been every number in between. I am gaining and losing the same weight over and over again without making progress. For a week or two, I am majorly on the bandwagon – I eat well, plan, track what I eat, drink my water, exercise. And then…well, life happens. Maybe I snack on something unhealthy and I don’t write it down, maybe my day royally sucked. Maybe I just don’t want to run – for a week. I fall off the bandwagon and undo all the progress I have made. I then become re-devoted to the mission, vowing this time will be different. And off the bandwagon I go. Climbing on and off the bandwagon sucks! Weight loss is hard work.

This time, I am publishing my goal online and asking my family, friends, and loyal readers to help me reach it. I want to see ONEderland for the first time in almost 2 decades. I want to see life under 200 pounds. Hell, I bought a two piece swimsuit in anticipation of this!

I am asking you – please, hold me accountable. Don’t let me talk myself out of running or swimming or walking or biking. Give me skeptical glares when I order the bacon double cheeseburger instead of a salad. Ask me if I have weighed in this week. If I tracked – every single bite. If I planned my meals. Ask me if I am giving it 110%, because to reach this goal, that is effort I need to make.

I have 8 weeks to reach my goal – who’s on board to help me reach it??

The Pluses of Minuses

I haven’t seen a new minus sign on the scale for months and months. In other words, I have been gaining and losing the same 5 pounds for almost a year.  Sometimes, I get frustrated. Sometimes, I get annoyed. Sometimes, I am really motivated to see some minus signs. Sometimes, I say fuck it.

But then I have an every day event which remind me why I began this journey and the minus signs do not seem to matter as much. Like when I realized I can buckle a seatbelt on a plane and sit comfortably for a flight. And when I could share a Metro seat car without squashing the other person. And when I could wrap a normal sized towel around my body without half of my ass sticking out (though, I think I will always prefer the bath sheet).

And when I went to an amusement park and rode every roller coaster I wanted without fear of being too fat to fit into the ride.

This is huge.  Plus sized people can’t fit into a lot of the rides – especially the newer, faster, sleeker roller coasters because they have tight-fitting seats and weight restrictions.   In 2008, the last time I was at an amusement park, I didn’t ride half of the roller coasters because I knew I couldn’t fit into them and I didn’t want to embarrass myself by being turned away.

Years later and almost 100 pounds lighter, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I would be able to ride all of the coasters….and I did. Victory!