Day 21 — Jackpot!

No I didn’t win a jackpot in Vegas. But Zoe did. She finished 2nd in Level 1 Youth Western Riding. It was a jackpot class which means first place wins a cash prize. Fortunately the girl that one first place didn’t register for the jackpot. So Zoe won $150. She will use $100 to buy jeans she wants and we will put $50 towards expenses.

Manage to just get 10,000 steps and did my 7 minute workout just before bed.

Had leftover salad for lunch and a ham omlette with egg whites for dinner. So pretty good on the diet front.

The weather was much better today so spent about 90 minutes at the pool listening to the end of Turtles All The Way Down. Great book.

Day 20 — In the desert

First day in Las Vegas. Had two Caesar Salads with no parmesan, no croutons and dressing on the side. Went to Whole Foods and got some protein shakes, fruit and carrots. So I should be good to stay pretty close to the diet. Was a little light on protein today, but will fix that tomorrow.

I did over 20,000 steps and got in an 8 minute workout. Should be able to get more steps tomorrow and hoping to get to the gym for a workout.

We tried to go to the pool, but was too cold and windy. Hopefully will heat up.

Zoe shows Western Riding tomorrow around 4pm and Trail around 1pm Saturday.

Day 19 – Missed a few :(

I got a bit busy at work and missed a few posts. But not much new going on so I didn’t miss much. Leave tomorrow for Las Vegas with Zoe for the AQHA Novice Championships. Will be my first big test of the diet and exercise away from home. Took a bunch of protein bars and packages of almonds for snacks and will have to improvise the rest. Brought my work-out clothes and runners and will try to get to the gym every day. Should be no problem getting in enough steps as there is almost always a lot of walking at horse shows.

I had a workout with Jessi Monday and today. We have moved to the free weight gym where everything is just a little bit harder and the people are just a little bit buff. Went out for dinner with Chris for the first time to a restaurant that wasn’t Proclub. I had a Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, no parmesan cheese, no crouton and light on the dressing. I love croutons and parmesan cheese. But was pretty good. Had a Chinese chicken salad for lunch.

I lived in China and I never had a Chinese Chicken Salad in China. So I think it is basically like fortune cookies.

Will blog daily from Las Vegas. I’m taking my camera so hopefully, I can post some pictures of Zoe riding as well.

 

 

Day 16 — Chop, shop & PowerPoint

More shopping and more chopping to get ready for next week. Actually only have enough for 2 days max. But I’m off to Las Vegas Thursday so might be ok.

Rained so didn’t get much exercise today only about 6,200 steps. Had to go in to the office today to prep for an executive review next week. So spend a bit of time editing a document and re-working slides. Also did laundry.

Lunch (Grilled Canadian Bacon, berries & vegetables)

I was supposed to assemble the new aerator and fertilizer spreader I bought for my lawn tractor so I can sue them as soon as the lawn dries out a bit. But couldn’t get motivated enough to dig into that. Maybe after I get back from last Vegas.

Zoe and Chris we’re in Del Mar at a horseshow. Zoe won two circuit championships and got two belt buckles in Western Riding on Ellen.

I won’t have an official weigh-in this week as I will be away. Am hoping to be able to stick to the diet while in Vegas and get some exercise. Maybe they will let be muck stalls.

Dinner (Grilled Chicken Breast & Vegetables)

Day 15 — Rain, Rain, Go Away :(

Still more rain. I looking forward to three months of sun like we got last summer so I can get outside and get some exercise. I have a lot of yard work to do and a fancy new electric bike that I would love to be riding.

However, none of that is happening as it just keeps raining everyday.

Seattle rainfall in 2018, by month

Not sure why this graph turned out so clear and my weight tracker was so crappy.

Had left-over chicken from yesterday for lunch and then made some more chicken breast in parchment bags for dinner and have some that I can have tomorrow for lunch. I guess eventually I will need to learn to cook something new. But so far chicken has turned out the best. Also had three strips of bacon for breakfast.

No workout today. Will do the high intensity workout tomorrow night. Need to do some shopping and chopping again tomorrow to stock up on vegetables and berries for next week.

I’m going to Vegas for four days starting Thursday with Zoe so that will be a bit of a challenge with the diet, but will try to take some stuff and find healthy things to eat. Will be a good test.

Day 14 — Down 9.4 lbs

Had my official weigh-in for week two today and was down an additional 3.2 lbs, so total loss so far is 9.4 lbs. My target for week two was 5.5 lbs so I am 3.7 lbs ahead of plan.

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I’m not sure why but the graph is a little hard to read. For some reason WordPress doesn’t want me to insert high-res images. Anyways the blue dots are my actual weight loss and the orange dots are targets. Higher is more weight loss.

My weigh-in was part of my weekly dietitian meeting. I will stay on stage two for another week. The overall program is 16 weeks plus 10 weeks follow-up. So she wanted to make sure we didn’t move through the diet stages too quickly. Next stage will add high-protein dairy, but for this week I’m still on meat protein, berries and vegetables.

After my dietitian appointment I had a workout with Jessi and we moved downstairs to the free weight area. Was a lot harder workout and I guess she isn’t taking it easy on me anymore.

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I made chicken breasts using the parchment bags I bought last week again. Just put some lemon juice, salt, pepper, onion flakes and Italian seasonings and a lemon on them and then cooked them in the bag for about 20 minutes in the oven at 425°F. They turned out really good. Probably the best thing I’ve cooked so far. I bought a whole bag of frozen chicken breasts at Costco last weekend and I used those.

Day 13 — Chop, chop, chop

I’m not sure how many calories chopping vegetables burns but I hope a lot as I seem to spend a lot of my time chopping vegetables. Was running low again so went grocery shopping after Ainsley was a sleep. I found a great deal at QFC on blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. I also stocked up on celery, carrots and cucumbers. So now I have three days supply of vegetables and fruit, all chopping and in single serving containers.

Today was not a workout day so I did the 7 minute high intensity workout at home. I’m thinking about starting squash to help get exercise when I’m not doing gym workouts, but maybe I’ll leave that to after the summer. I had no meetings today so didn’t get many steps in at work, only 6,100 for the day.

I have my dietician appointment tomorrow morning and week two weigh-in. I create a fancy graph to track weigh loss which I will share tomorrow.

I think I will switch to stage three of the diet, but I’m not sure what that adds. Hopefully it doesn’t need to be chopped.