Friday, February 17, 2012

Skip This if You Hate Previews

Good news.  I've finally gotten off my "life isn't fair, I had bad depression followed by fourteen months of hip ickyness so I'm going to eat chocolate covered pretzels and peach rings all day every day" diet.

Bad news:  I've gained quite a bit of weight on my effed up hip odyssey.

Good news: Since I've lost 110 lbs before, I know what to do to lose this NINETY pounds.

Yes, you read that right.  I started this blog and needed to lose forty pounds.  Two years later, it's ninety.  Follow my advice, Internet people!  I am the new Susan Powter!

Bad news:  It was very very very hard to admit that to you guys, Internet People.

Good news:  I did and it's over and done with.

Bad news: I am not going to be able to exercise for a long, long time.

Good news: Most of weight loss is through diet, anyhow.

More good news:  I've lost some weight in the last two weeks.  Not sure how much, but this one pair of pants that looked like they were bike shorts now look normal.

Even more good news:  I'm going to share what I'm doing with you guys, but not until Monday.

BUT... now that I've shocked you all with this news of yo yo dieting and weight gain while on bed rest, I need your help.

Can everyone who reads this please tell me what they eat for breakfast on a normal day?

This is my problem area for sure and I need some ideas.

Good news:  It's warm here and sunny.  I'm sitting on my parents' screen porch.

Bad news:  They have it encased in plastic for the winter so I am having flashbacks to those scenes in ET where the government comes and bubbles up the house.  Oh my gosh I was so terrified of that when I was a kid!


See what I mean?  I am just waiting for Elliott to ride by on a bicycle.

38 comments:

  1. oatmeal with dried cranberries. Occasionally I'll go crazy and have oatmeal with brown sugar.

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  2. Today's breakfast was high fiber, low sugar oatmeal (maple and brown sugar flavored) with a tbsp. of pb2 powder mixed in. It is not a balanced breakfast by any stretch but is marginally less bad than other options.

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  3. Pre-pregnancy, protein and/or fiber. Some combo of greek yogurt with a bit of fruit in it, a couple of hard boiled eggs (or cooked eggs if I had the time), some cottage cheese, or higher fiber/lower sugar cereal. If I don't have a breakfast high in that stuff, I'm ravenous all day.

    Can't wait to read your plans. I'll probably have that much to lose once baby arrives so maybe we can talk and keep each other accountable.

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  4. I'm right there with you Taryn, I'm on a mission to lose 100. I don't believe in Oatmeal or yogurt...it makes me feel like I'm punishing myself and I'm probably the only person in the world that hates the taste and texture of yogurt. I eat an egg and two pieces of bacon for breakfast most days because it's only 170 calories but it feels like breakfast and I need to not feel punished, I get my veggies and fruit throughout the rest of the day so don't think it's gonna kill me to eat something with a little grease for breakfast. If I'm going to workout that day sometimes I throw a piece of toast with a little bit of jam in the mix because I can afford the extra boost of calories.

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  5. My favorite part of going to the movies or renting a DVD is the previews, so of course there was no way in H-E--double hockey sticks I would skip this post.

    You got this! You did it before and you can certainly do it again, especially with cool internet peeps to add to your support cheerleading squad. Ohhh, we need uniforms! And a Taryn cheer! Holly can be the mascot... I wish my feet/body could run as fast as my imagination...

    Breakfast for me - I alternate, or else I will get bored and eat bad/delicious things. My standards:

    *Steel cut oats with 1tbsp - brown sugar, 1tbsp walnuts, 1tbsp craisins and a banana or apple
    *Raisin Bran Crunch cereal - 1 cup with 2% milk, and a banana
    *Egg muffin sandwich - 1 scrambled egg, reduced fat cheddar, veggies (peppers, onions, tomato.) on an english muffin

    Weekends: scrambled egg, grits and a slice of whole grain toast with a little bit of butter for the grits and toast. Maybe a slice or 2 of bacon, depending on my calories available for the day.

    PS - Glad to have you coming back to life!
    xoxoxo
    Patty

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  6. You are not the only one who hates yogurt. Yogurt is gross, unless it is in frozen form with some brownie chunks mixed in!

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  7. God, everyone else here eats fancy breakfasts. Mine is, invariably, a bowl of corn chex(* with a banana on top. No milk. If I run out of bananas, someone's getting shot.

    I eat this sitting at my desk, furtively shoveling it into my mouth and crunching every bite while trying to look professional. On the days when I don't spew chex dust everywhere, it' a good day.


    *Chex = gluten free, which is important because my GI tract recently staged a full force coup and starting refusing to digest anything normal and tasty. I suppose rice chex are also an option, but they taste like senescence.

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  8. I've got to figure out how to make non-envelope oatmeal that I don't have to add a ton of sugar to in order to choke it down. Cranberries might help!

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  9. What is pb2 powder? It's better than Lucky Charms!

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  10. Jackie, our beloved friend, beat it into my head to always have protein with meals and snacks, so I've been working on that. I forgot all about hard boiled eggs!

    I need all the help I can get being accountable, obviously!

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  11. Stacia, I can't stand yogurt either. I can't get past learning in fifth grade that it's alive. It's so hard to be a little mentally off :) I am trying to learn to like eggs better. Bacon is ALWAYS a good idea.

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  12. I usually have an eggwhite, turkey bacon and cheese wrap, its about 230cals.

    Also on the menu, oatmeal, protein smoothy, or Kashi GoLean Crunch. I try to have less sugary breakfast more often then not because I find it sets me up to crave sugar all day!

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  13. Oh I should totally buy Holly a cheerleading outfit with a big T on it.

    You know we're both going to do this. I can't spill my cuts for FOUR years on the internet with no results. I'm not that big of a masochist.

    Your suggestions all saound great! Especially the sandwich thing. What kind of English muffins do you get?

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  14. Oh man, Kate, you poor thing! My sister is a gluten free lady and that can be a huge pain in the butt.

    Normally I either skip breakfast or eat cereal, so I'm right there with you on lazy breakfasts. It's going to be weird to take out a pan in the morning.

    Some of these internet people have willpower and get-up-and-go!

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  15. I totally forgot about GoLean Crunch! Do you make your wrap ahead of time or do you do it in the mornings?

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  16. Hellz yeah, we are! I am tired of "writing" a weightloss blog and after 2 years, lost and gained the same 20lbs.

    I like the Light Thomas' english muffins the best.

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  17. Starting this again can be fun right? Right?! I just started calorie counting at My Fitness Pal. So not glamorous or exciting but it's worked for me in the past so I'm going at it again.

    As for breakfasts, I'm not a morning person so I need something I can make the night before and eat in the car or scarf down at my desk 5 minutes before the first bell.

    1. Hard boiled eggs. Paired with fruit.
    2. Baked oatmeal, I cut it into chunks and eat it while I drive to school.
    3. Egg cups - eggs, veggies, cheese, fruit baked in muffin tins.
    4. In the summer when I have more time and it's warmer I'll do smoothies with frozen fruit, yogurt, milk and spinach.
    5. If you can stomach "non-morning" foods in the AM a cubed up chicken breast will do the trick.

    We're all routing for you Taryn!

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  18. Depends on the day. I teach, so I'm at work by 7 am and I don't eat lunch until 12:30... I eat a plain bagel toasted with plain cream cheese and that'll take me through to lunch. Otherwise I have some fruit and cheerios and then have a snack when my students do around 10 am. (Yes, we get designated snack time every day. I freaking LOVE teaching)

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  19. I usually like to make a quiche on Sunday night and then it a piece before work every day. Easy to make - just use whatever veggies and protein you want, and easy to reheat - 1 minute in the microwave. If not that, I'll have a bowl of cereal (even Lucky Charms aren't that bad if you only eat 1 serving).

    If I don't do this, I end up eating muffins or donuts or some other unhealthy thing once I get to work. For me, the biggest thing is preparing ahead for breakfast because I do not want to think when I first wake up.

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  20. Oh, also when on WW (i'm currently just eating any and everything and need to follow your lead and get back on track.. again), I'll make a grilled cheese sandwich. It's quick and easy and you can add in some tomatoes to up the veggie quotient.

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  21. Plain, fat free Greek yogurt with frozen (then thawed!) raspberries and some almonds or pecans mixed in!

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  22. Sorry, didn't realize you hated yogurt til I scrolled. Never mind then. :)

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  23. I am sooo with you on the trying to lose what I have refatted recently:( I am doing weight watchers mainly as a fat tax on myself and for the guarantee that I will get weighed by someone else once a week. For breakfast, despite hating oatmeal, I have one packet of plain instant oatmeal with a cup of frozen blueberries and 1 Tbsp of real peanut butter. It is *almost* like having a warm peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Good luck!!! You are the best and we are all cheering you on!!!

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  24. I eat a smoothie every single day. I make it really fast and easy: frozen fruit (a handful of whatever), one 6oz yogurt (yoplait), a splash of juice (any kind) or milk, a handful of crushed ice. It sounds like a pain but it's not, and it ensures that I eat fruit at breakfast since I have to work hard to get it in every other day. I have 100 pounds to lose, girl I'm with ya

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  25. Breakfast is a sucky meal to have to acknowledge, in my opinion. Then again, I think the concept of morning should be abolished altogether. Considering this, it's not surprising that I'm far from a maven of breakfast preparation. I either eat yogurt (sorry)/some kind of already chopped/washed fruit, or toast/English muffin with tbsp of red-fat pb, or, to be perfectly honest, a protein bar (Kashi or the probably furiously unnutritious Special K bars; all about 4 points, if you know WW).

    I know you'll knock this out of the park. There was no way to lose weight while on bed rest--puhlease. As a lifetime Weight Watchers fan (well, not doing so well right now, but I Have An Excuse Oh Blessed Excuses), I am living proof that following some kind of plan works. Also, chocolate is the work of the devil and I'd sell my firstborn to prevent certain Skinny Cow ice-cream sandwiches from going off the market.

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  26. Medifast chocolate shake mix blended with 1 cup of almond milk and a banana

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  27. I am on ww and eat the same thing every day for breakfast. 1/2 cup of old fashion oats (cooked with 1 cup of boiling water on the stove). I add some vanilla and 1 packet of splenda. I sprinkle cinnamon and some almonds and cranberries on top. Sometimes I add fruit (blueberries or strawberries). I have this with a giant cup of coffee with 2 tablespoons of SF creamer and I count the entire thing as 7 points+. I eat this around 8:30 or 9am and I'm really not hungry until after 12noon.

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  28. I'm going to have to learn to cook oatmeal that doesn't involve the tiny little packets. This sounds good, except for the coffee, :)

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  29. Do you get hungry before lunch? I don't know if I could do the smoothie or the shake thing.

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  30. I can't wait to see the Blessed Excuse when he/she finally makes his/her appearance! On that day, Skinny Cow for all!

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  31. I'm going to have to try this smoothie thing. It actually sounds delicious and maybe I can pretend there's no yogurt in it if I close my eyes.

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  32. Thanks, Kim! I am thinking about joining WW again too. We'll see how it goes. I like the peanut butter on oatmeal idea. It seems much less diet-y that way. Thanks for the cheers.

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  33. I tried this on Saturday and it was great! I am not an egg person but the veggies took away from the taste of them. Thanks for the advice, Allison! I need to be a planner too or else I always go to the laziest option.

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  34. Snack time every day sounds great to me! I forgot about Cheerios too. That's always a great option.

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  35. Thanks for the root roots, Cory. Wait, you cut up oatmeal into chunks??? I need more info on this!

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  36. Haha, yes, it's totally humiliating. I'm sure no matter what I say now people just roll their eyes and say "Whatever you say, chubs." :)

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  37. Wow, just saw your reply. I make it in the mornings. It takes about 10 min tops!

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  38. I don't know why I had it in my head these things took forever to make. I've been making eggs the last couple of days and you're totally right, ten minutes tops!

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