Jumping Back onto the CR Bandwagon

Hello all –

I see I am not the only person delving into the new year, new me, b.s. inundating the social media this time of year.  Last year, I gave up alcohol for 138 days and I plan on re-starting my sobriety on January 1, 2017.  It’s also the same day, I have to trek into the city for a weigh in at my PF. My way of eating will be Calorie Restriction as I did this year.  I know I can do it, but I need to get off the booze to help it along. And getting back to a routine helps out a lot. Finding things to do in the evenings and weekends to occupy my mind and stay motivated is my plan, too. I will do my best to not let the laziness set in.  There is always something to do.

I have a “Fight for Air” Climb on February 4, 2017 in Boston event that I am attending.  I need to get my acetate in gear to be ready.  This may mean a small trip down the rabbit hole to psych myself as to why I am doing this. (Better not to ask.)  And it’s not just for lungs either.  It’s my 9/11 tribute to friends since I could not attend the event in October.  I do want to make a trip to NYC relatively soon.  I’ve been scared for a very long time. Time to get over some personal demons and become strong again.

In a nutshell, we’ll see how 2017 plays out. Ciao!





First Goal – Check!

Well, hello there, I made it to my first goal!  16lbs. lost while on Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition.  I definitely plan on keeping on trucking until I can fit back into my size 5 Junior jeans. I’m eating good food with plenty of protein. Taking all my vitamins and supplements, and getting my workout in at least 5 days a week.

I can see changes with how my torso/ab area is decreasing in size. The rubber tire I seemed to be carrying is deflating like air being let out. I am very motivated to keep going!  Go! Go! Go!


The Blame Game

The only person I blame for re-gaining the weight I diligently lost 7 years ago is myself.  I take full responsibility for making rather bad and quite impulsive choices when it comes to food and drink,  knowing full well it would place me firmly back into a jagged square one. I let stress take over and used alcohol to numb the emotional turmoil I’d feel from time to time. I can’t even remember the last time I shed tears. (I wonder if I have chronic dry eye?)  This time, I’ve put the brakes on the stress train by reincorporating Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition with my sobriety by using the tools I’ve acquired from Smart Recovery.  It’s easier to take it day by day.  I can study, watch videos, surf the web for more details, etc.   I find it fascinating to experiment on myself and I really want to see results in not only my weight loss, but my blood work too before trumpeting to the world about how I look or feel.  Other than the 2 t0 3 readers, I feel comfortable enough with describing my CRON progress here.

My food consists mainly of non-starchy vegetables, whole eggs and egg whites, Vegan burgers and entrees, Go-Veggie lactose free cheese, minimal fruit (just not into it)…

I’m definitely not getting enough good fat. I need to change that!



I’m back.

Hello everyone or to the 2 to 3 readers who come upon this wordpress account.  It’s been 10 months since my last post about Calorie Restriction. I’ve had a lot of up and down moments since November of last year.  Friends have passed away. My Dad is in a nursing home. My husband recently became full time and my daughter is in Pre-K.  Between November and July, I never had the strength nor stamina to take of myself.  I drank alcohol to ease the pain and warm the senses. I can’t even remember the last time I cried, just numb.

Then something happened during July 4th weekend.  I felt a “click” go off inside my head and decided that I was done with drinking. No more bar rooms. No more wasted dollars on temporary fixes. The dam had opened up. It was time to let go.  At first, I started with ceasing the drinking. And little by little, my way of eating had changed. I’ve become attracted to sugar again but not with the same energy as when alcohol was involved. I felt that a flexitarian or a vegetarian way of low-carb style way of eating was my way of getting back on the right path.  I had stopped wearing my skinny black pants in April and wore elastic style skirts to accommodate my expanding waistline. My ankles were swollen, my face seemed fuller, and I could see the beginnings of a double chin when I smiled. I thought I might even be pregnant. (Nope!)

After seeing my doctor,  I decided to give clean eating another go around and what better way do I know to be successful was calorie restriction with optimal nutrition. I had my CR Way book with all my notes.  I re-read all of April Smith’s blogs, watched available videos on You Tube, and scrounged around the internet for CR related material.  A good friend of mine who is my old trainer, suggested sometimes you need to go back to the beginning. Dust off those old journals and training notes. Go back to your old blog. (weightinforthesun.blogspot.com)  My answers and motivations lay deep within them. Use it to your advantage.  It’s my rags to riches to rags and back again story. People love to root for the underdog. With CRON, I can be a Mighty Mouse again!

At the present time, I am well on my way.  I’ve been sober for almost 90 days and lost 13lbs. or so. I have a Fitbit which motivates me to be more active.  I belong to several groups on FB who cheer me on. I have a couple of good friends who will kick my butt if I go off the path again.  I can stumble on the road, but as long as I stay on the damn road, I won’t falter.  I do not want an award for participating. I want an award for winning the battle.



Trying something new…

Going to work on more weight training, less cardio this week.  My eating has been horrible as of late.  Far too much drinking and eating crap. I declare last week as a “Mulligan”!  With the holidays coming around, I want to be able to enjoy a day or two without feeling a whole lot of guilt.

Weekends are the toughest.  I need to be strong and work through it.  During the week, there are plenty of healthy options and plenty of distractions that don’t involve food and drink.

We’ll see what happens.

Food plan today:

Breakfast: 1 Cup of egg whites, 1 slice of ultra thin Sargento Swiss cheese, 2 teaspoons of salsa (170 calories)

Snack 1: 1/2 small apple, 6 almonds (82 calories)

Lunch: 200 +/- calorie salad.  Tofu, arugula, 5 grape tomatoes, a few mushrooms, balsamic vinegar

Snack 2: Dole pineapple in its own juice (60 calories) & 100 Calorie low-fat plain yogurt (160 calories)

Dinner: Same as breakfast with a 70 calorie Boca burger (240 calories)

EEP!  852 calories is a bit low.  Will add a hard boiled egg to my lunch.  Protein is important! I’ll add some veggies for dinner too. 950-1,000 calories is what I am aiming for daily.