Friday, December 17, 2010

Stabilization...1 year, 34 days...141.9 (+1.0)

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Except for the excessive opportunities to eat...argghh. And all things considered, I'm not faring too badly, but's pound is tomorrow's 4-stone as the Brit's might say.

This weekend is sure to be a challenge...three parties on Saturday, one on Sunday...and my honey wants to go out to dinner tonight.


I'll certainly keep my eye out for diet friendly fare...shrimp cocktail, crudite, hummus (no bread, I'll eat it with celery, cukes and such)...maybe some roast turkey or chicken. With the exception of a glass or two of bubbly at home, I will refrain from drinking while out...that will help too. And, of course, I'll drink lots and lots of water with lemon. Okay...I have a plan...I feel better now.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stabilization...1 year, 20 days...140.9 (-1.7)

And yet again, I tempt the weight Gods, flirting with the 30s. Yeah, right! In my dreams.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stabilization...1 year, 18 days...142.6 (+2.6) 30s for me, but the gain from Thanksgiving wasn't too bad. Not to mention, I'm still have my "friend" in town, so, all-in-all, I'm not too concerned.

Made the most amazing pot roast last the crock pot.

=Best Pot Roast=

3-4# pot roast
2 onions, 1/4'rd
5 carrots, cut into large pieces
1 can Cream of Celery soup
1 packet Lipton Onion Soup mix

Arrange cut onions and carrots on bottom of crock pot. Top with raw meat. Mix canned soup and dry soup well. Spoon mixture over meat, covering entirely. Cook on high for 3 hrs., then on low for 5-6 more hours (or on low for 9-10 hours), until meat falls apart with a fork. Ahhhh-mazing!

Get to visit with my college roommates this Friday...can't wait to see the girls.

Must start my day. Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stabilization...1 year, 6 days...140.0 (-.2)

Dare I say I may just see the 130s? I'm dumbfounded! Particularly since I'm not exactly militant of late...could it be my metabolism is finally working for me instead of against me? Oh joy...oh rapture...I'm serious.

Already planning Thanksgiving. I will not be hosting, so it is imperative that I plan my food stuffs accordingly. Whether welcome or not, I will be bringing a few veggies (that I can eat) and I'll enjoy some white turkey meat. That's pretty much it. Oh, and if there is a cheese plate, a little nosh there will be had, as well.

Today marks six years since my honey proposed...we married the following January 15...took us so long to find each other, waiting some ridiculous amount of time was out of the question.

Still marvel at my great fortune in finding my fellow...he's a doll face...and makes me so happy.

And on that cheery note, I must dash.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stabilization...1 year, 5 days...140.2 (-56.5lbs/55")

All I can say is..."Wowza!"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Stabilization...Day 361...144.8 (+2.3 lbs.)

Yowza...look who's up! Granted, still below my goal weight (though only by .2), but my "friend" has been threatening for days now...but, alas, it is still a no show. Very bloated and crampy. Ah, the joys of being perimenopausal.

Been eating fine...lots of veggies and good proteins. And drinking gobs of, I'm sure it's my body doing that voodoo that it do.

Made the most amazing Chili the other day. Extra lean hamburger (96%) and shell steak (trimmed of all visible fat), black and red beans, onions, garlic, whole & plum tomatoes, no sodium beef broth and, of course, spices (cayenne, chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper). Seared the cut up steak in a little olive oil...and let it and the burger simmer in tomatoes and broth for several hours before adding the beans. And it wouldn't be Chile without toppers...chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapenos, shredded cheddar and just a touch of sour cream. Can you say, "Fab-you-lous!"

And, yes, I exercised great control in regards to my portions...though, truth be told, I could have done some serious damage to that sour's not that I don't eat it (heck, it's fine at this point in my diet), it's just that I. Love. Sour. Cream! And if I've learned anything this past year, it's everything in moderation. Every. Little. Thing.

That it for today.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Stabilization...Day 357...142.5 (-.7 lbs.)

Still hovering 2-4lbs below my goal weight. A couple of pals have wondered how I'm doing this...particularly since maintaining a weight loss is often harder (All. Those. Tempting. Food. Choices!) than actually dieting (Structure. Is. In. Fact. Good!).

First, I check my BMR (basal metabolic rate...the amount of calories you burn even if you were to lay in bed all day ( about every three months...technically I can eat 1331 calories each day without gaining weight. I just opt to stick to 1300! Smile.

And yeah, the choice to permanently cut out bread, sugar, pasta, starchy veg/fruit, beer and wine (but not my occasional glass of bubbly or dry martini!) is a good and healthy lifestyle change brought about because of HCG truly recalibrating my relationship with food.

Not only do I not crave these things, but with the exception of the rare treat of really good pizza (and, yes, I gain a few pounds when I eat that...and, yes, it takes a good 3-4 days to lose that weight...again!), the other stuff doesn't even taste good anymore.

Couldn't feel better and look the best I have in forever.

It's funny, but I've become so attuned with my body that there are many social occasions where I just will not eat. No matter how hungry I am (tho I always keep a little baggie of nuts and dried fruit in my purse to be safe), I have no problem telling someone, "You enjoy. I don't eat bread/sugar/processed stuff!"

Truth be told, it makes me feel proud (and a tad superior!) to be that disciplined.

Anyway, the weekend is upon and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stabilization...Day 349...143.2 (+1.3 lbs.)

Given how sloppy I've been in my eating habits (not eating enough, over-indulging in champagne, not exercising regularly, etc.), I'm fairly amazed that I'm only 1.3lbs over. Not pleased, of course, but not too stressed either. I am still 1.7lbs below my goal weight.

Not sure why I'm being so lackadaisical...but there you have it.

Looking forward to a productive day today...want to get some work done, housework accomplished and perhaps a little me time to take the puppy for a nice long walk.

Ah, back to the rock pile for moi!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Stabilization...Day 329...141.9 (-.2 lbs.)

Holding steady...and loving it!

Even with my enjoying a few "bad" things (i.e., Chinese food (lots of MSG), 2 pieces of crusty bread, a handful of potato chips (eek!))...still managing to stay below my goal weight of 145.

Interesting observation...I'm always shocked at those people who try to sabotage my efforts to make true life changes. Despite requests to not add this to my dish (if sharing a meal together) or a "no thank you, I'm good with just water," my so-called friends still try to get me to eat and drink the very things I'm trying to keep out of my diet.

At first I thought it was subconscious, but now I'm not so sure. Feeling more like it is a case of "you were always my partner in crime, so, c'mon, what harm will just this one time make" kind of thing.

And yet, others, like my honey and my family have been tremendously supportive. I don't know...perhaps I'm just premenstrual and taking things waaaayyyy to personally.

Looking forward to the long weekend.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Stabilization...Day 321...142.1 (-.5 lbs.)

Back down from my time-of-month gain...that's good.

And this despite a fairly high calorie dinner last night. It was my sweetie's birthday, so whipped up a Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (with brown pan gravy), steamed broccoli and Balela (a yummy chick pea/black bean side dish with chopped veg and a light vinegar dressing). The gravy is always deadly and the prosciutto is a big salt culprit...and yet, down 1/2 pound. Ah, thank heavens for portion control.

So, here I sit about 3 lbs. below my goal weight...pretty pleased with myself. Can't decide if I want to dip into the 130s...I would, but I wonder if I'm becoming just a bit obsessive about this weight loss thing. Given my height (5'1" on a big hair day), I can certainly afford to lose more weight, but the question is, why am I considering this? I'm very happy with how I look and feel right now. I can eat well (and occasionally splurge with only moderate consequences) and I know my honey likes me not being quite so rigid.

Which brings me full this desire to hit the 130s just because it's a number I want to see on my scale or am I still trying to lose for all the wrong reasons.

Ah...who knows.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stabilization...Day 319...142.6 (+.4 lbs.)

Ahhh...alas and alack, I've gained just shy of a half pound...dang.

Then again, I'm pre-periodic (and I don't mean that silly table we had to learn in high school), so, all things considered, Princess is happy.

This, by the by, during my honey's birthday week (yep, we celebrate for a week)!

Great meal last night...6 oz. of lean steak (on the George Forman grill) and a fabulous, ripe, juicy end-o'-season tomato...yummers! Plus Scamps (my absolutely amazing and fabulous wonder pup) loved the left over scraps and juices.

Today is off to a good start...3 mile walk (normally longer, but I had several time constraints), glass of bubbly (see Birthday Week reference above), but also a nice green apple with Teddy All-Natural Peanut Butter...all in all...I. Am. Good. To. Go!

Also, already 91 oz. of H2O logged for the day.

Go me!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Stabilization...Day 314...142.2 (-1.1 lbs.)

Down another pound plus.

Had a big event at Boston's Symphony Hall last night. Knowing that food that I choose to eat would not be available, I prepared grilled chicken, sliced veggies (celery, carrots, radishes), one green apple and a tasty nut treat sack (3 tbls of my own mix of raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, dried cherries, dried cranberries, raisins and dark chocolate bits...just 140 calories per serving and a really yummy treat...but stick to only 3 tbls!). Powered back well over 160 ounces of H20, but failed to consume more than a 1000 calories for the day. Not happy about that, but I did the best I could.

Today, however, is off to a good start.

Enjoyed 1/4 cup dry serving of steel cut oatmeal (150 cals.), 15 dried cherries (45 cals.), 1 tbl of light cream (30 cals.), mixed with cinnamon and stevia. Yummy and very filling. I'll have an apple around 11:00, then plan on a late lunch (I have meetings during the typical lunch hour).

My honey wants to have dinner out tonight, so to stay true to my regimen, I'm thinking a nice piece of salmon...grilled, naked...along with steamed broccoli. Always diet friendly and really delish!

That's it for today's missive.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stabilization...Day 307...143.3 (-0 lbs.)

Okay, so, to continue from yesterday.

Yeah...crazy how I'm at my goal and hanging within 2 lbs. of it...woo-hoo.

Really focusing on a few things:

a. getting my 10,000 steps in each day.
b. powering back my gallon of water each day (two servings with 1 tbl of ACV w/mother)
c. watching my fats (EVOO and raw nuts (no more than 10 per day) are okay, cutting back on hard cheeses and less-than-lean meats...bye bye pork butt!)
d. further limiting champagne (my sweetie can be a bad influence!)
e. more fact, partake of at least two vegetarian meals a week no matter what (sometimes more)
f. giving up the unsulfured, dried apricots...too yummy and they were causing stalls...and, the most important thing...
g. No. More. Pizza. EVER! (again, my sweetie could live on Not so much...yikes...takes a week to lose the 3 lbs. I gain by eating just one slice for chrissakes!)

It's hard...this maintaining, not to mention, trying to hang on at my goal weight. But I continue to weigh myself once every day (after my morning business) and I track, even a .4 lb increase causes me stress. Additionally, I continue to track every morsel I eat (I use Edibles on my iPhone), doing my darndest not to exceed 1300 calories per day (that is what my BMR suggests). So far so good, but I always fear that I'll get lazy and wake up weighing 200 lbs again...and I. Really. Do. Not. Want. That. To. Ever. Happen. Again. I assure you, once was enough.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stabilization...Day 306...143.3 (-1.4 lbs.) just keeps getting better...and smaller!

Go me. I'll write more tomorrow.

Jane Doh!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Stabilization...Day 301...144.7 (-1.2 lbs.)

I've done it...I reached my goal weight of 145, with .3 lbs. to spare.

Holy crap!

That's 52 lbs. gone...amazing. And to celebrate? I don't want food or cocktails...nope, I just want to relish in the fabulousness that accomplishing this feat gives about mature, huh?

Having dinner in with my honey...wedge salads and pulled pork. A little on the higher fat side, I know, but I'll just moderate my portions...not to mention power back even more than my usual gallon of H2O.

Lunch will be some grilled chicken and a sliced tomato. Yeah, sounds like I'm still eating in phase 2, but I'm not...I enjoy 4-5 ounces of protein and I cook the chicken with a little olive oil. Can't believe I'm about to say this, but it's how I really eat now...just call me sensible. Okay, don't call me me Princess. Or Diva, thank-you-very-much.

Okay, back to work. Gobs to do.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stabilization...Day 300...145.9 (-.9 lbs.)

.9 lbs from my goal weight. I'm speechless!

Been eating well...plenty of good food and lots of veggies/fruits. And water...gobs and gobs of water!

And though I do occasionally eat something that I shouldn't...and I assure I pay the price in weight gain...I'm pretty happy with the new and improved me.

In fact, I made it thru the Labor Day weekend without gaining...amazing! And I ate Chinese...didn't want too, but it was Pork Chow absolute fave. Only had about 1/4 cup...then proceeded to walk the dog for 5 miles...perhaps that is why I did not gain, she said knowingly.

Happy to be me!

Jane Doh!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Stabilization...Day 293...146.8 (-.4 lbs.)

A little over 10 1/2 months since I finished phase 3 and went into stabilization mode.

And...drum roll please, I am a mere 1.8 pounds from my goal weight...49.9 lbs. lost as of this morning! Go me.

I admire so many who do multiple rounds...I just did the single round (from Oct. 2-Nov. 14)...losing 25.3 lbs. and 39.75" overall. After completing three weeks of Phase 3 to the letter, I have been been in Stabilization mode. Though the protocol says you can be more flexible with your food choices and such, I still drink in excess of 1 gallon of water a day and avoid sugar, pasta and bread. I do like partaking of the occasional glass of champagne or a dry martini (a glance at the vermouth bottle does it for, and even with that, I've dropped an additional 24.6 lbs. and am down a total of 51.5" overall.

Thank you HCG for changing my life. I feel and look (if I do say so myself) great for a 49-year-old.

Jane Doh!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stabilization...Day 284...147.2 (-.5 lbs.)

Gotta love stress when you're a mere 2.2 lbs. from your goal weight!

Down another 1/2 pound, and this after attending a dinner party last night. Didn't eat poorly (beef tenderloin (7 oz), spinach salad with light dressing (1.5 cups), hard cheese (2 oz.), broccoli casserole (1/2 cup...probably the worst thing) and a 1/3 bottle of sparkling wine), just a bit more than usual...can only chalk this morning's loss up to the whole Mom/Dad-impending-death sitch.

Went on a lovely walk with my honey and Scamps...had been 4 days of heavy rains preventing us. Let me tell you, that was one happy puppy...T and Scamps! SMILE.

Eat and be well...must get working,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stabilization...Day 283...147.7 (-1.2 lbs.)

Lowest weight in more than 20 years...go me! Mom hanging in there, but it doesn't look promising. More info to follow.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Stabilization...Day 281...148.9 (-.5 lbs.)

Down a half pound...amazingly!

Mom was rushed to ICU last Thursday...didn't look good but she is being discharged later this morning. Though still non responsive, the doc suggests that perhaps the hospital setting (constant poking and probing) is a factor in this.

We will certainly keep her as comfortable as possible, but intend to honor her DNR wishes by not instituting extraordinary measures, such as putting in a feeding tube. It's a difficult time, however we kids are trying to stay true to what Mom has always talked about in relation to her living will. Any and all prayers welcome.

RE: staying healthy. My honey and I did take the dog for a 6 mile walk on Friday...but little good that did considering I ate fried seafood on Thursday night, followed by clam chowder and scallops wrapped in bacon the next day. Saturday I did get back on track, but T's dad's 83rd birthday meant a small piece of cake! Must be the stress...that's the only thing I can think of to explain a loss.

Must get back into work groove...people are counting on me.

Eat and be well...I'll keep you posted.

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stabilization...Day 276...149.4 (-.1 lbs.)

Not much, but I'll take it.

Been very delinquent with my physical activity...ironic, since I'm working on a new client's line of commercial grade, home exercise equipment for children...Perfetto. Cute stuff and... Kids. Love. It!

Plus the canvas and cushion biz is picking up! All good things...I need to stay focused on work, but not at the expense of slipping back into bad eating/lack of exercise habits. So, long way of saying, being down even .1 lbs. is cool by me.

Need to save my honey wants to go out to dinner tonight. I'll likely do a tuna and broccoli nosh as a late lunch, topped off with a piece of fruit around 4:30. That should keep me in good stead until dinner. Then something light and perhaps a beverage to start...or not. Depends where we go. Tuna Broccoli Nosh consists of 1/2 can of tuna in H20 (drizzled with a few drops of red wine vinegar), crumbled atop a bed of steamed broccoli and topped with one slice of melted sharp provolone cheese. (cals: 190). Filling and yummy.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 274...Stabilization (149.5, -.9 lbs.)

Been in the high 40s thru the weekend! Woo-hoo!

Amazing what a Saturday and Sunday without my honey can do. Of course I missed him, but I don't miss the often not-so-good food choices I make. Perhaps a weekend apart is what my psyche needs to stay on track even when we are together!

Today puts me at a solid -47.2 lbs. since I started my HCG journey. I continue to be amazed at how my attitudes and cravings have changed. Salt can still be a challenge, but even that intake is down considerably. I ask you...Who. Am. I?

Though, I can think of one negative that this experience has wrought. I have a dear, dear girlfriend who has chosen to drop out of my life. Her husband says she attributes it to being envious of me. I don't know. I bought her drops. I have offered any and all support I can. But, ultimately, only she can make the commitment. I's drinking; boring diet; very little's hard.

But, man, six weeks of boredom for a lifetime of change? I'd do it again. And who knew? Drinking would lose its charm without being a difficult process. I mean, I wish alcoholics could have it as easy as I did giving up the booze. I enjoy the little I do imbibe, but otherwise, I don't miss it at all. And the money saved? Yowza.

So, I say a prayer for my gal pal and hope she will come to some decision...I'll be here for her, no matter what...if only she believed that too.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Stabilization...Day 271...150.4 (-.3 lbs.)

"Step by step. Inch by inch," I close in on the ol' goal weight.

With any luck I'll break back into the 40s tomorrow! Woo-hoo!

Go me...

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Stabilization...Day 271...150.7 (-.2 lbs.)

Will I ever hit my goal weight of 145? Better yet, will I ever hang in the 40s for more than a day or two?

Re-checked my BMR...based on my age, height, current weight, etc., I am supposedly able to consume 1800 calories per day (this, if all I did was lay in bed all day). Yet, I rarely exceed 1300 cals per day, walk a minimum of 10,000 steps and ride my bike about 7-10 miles, 3-4 times a week. And still I hang at 149-152!

I've been eating a bit more beef than usual. Lean stuff, granted, but still beef. I think I'll focus on more chicken/fish/lean pork and see how that works.

Made a fabulous Roasted Turkey with's the recipe:

Mustard Roasted Turkey & Vegetable
(A great, one-pan meal. Easy, good and fab-for-you. Plus the leftovers are great. From Colleen Turner)

6 carrots peeled, slice on diagonal about 2" long.
1 head broccoli
1 red onion cut into 1/8s
1 boneless turkey breast, rinse and pat dry
3 tbl. Grainy Dijon mustard (or a mix of 1 tbl. each grainy, yellow & Dijon…your call)
3 tsp. Olive oil
Salt & pepper

Heat oven to 425F

On a large sheet pan, toss carrots and onion with 1 tsp. oil, salt & pepper. Arrange in circle on pan. Place turkey in center (skin side up) and brush with mustard. Salt & pepper.

Cook 20 mins.

Toss broccoli (cut into florets, be sure to trim and slice stems on a diagonal, too) with 2 tsp. oil, salt and pepper. Add around carrots and turkey and cook for an additional 40 mins.

Let meat rest 10 mins. Slice and serve.

Easy as can be!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stabilization...Day 263...150.9 (-3.4 lbs.)

Yes, I've been cycling...and I don't mean the one with two wheels. Agony this month...ick.

But, slowly getting back to the 40s...phew! Feared I was on an upward trend...that would have stunk.

Drinking immense amounts of water (over a gallon a day!), and yet my skin is as dry as can be...what's a girl to do, I ask you? pal needs my sympathetic ear...must leave now.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stabilization...Day 255

What is wrong with me? Watching my intake and exercising (not to excess, of course) and yet I'm gaining. Weighed in at 154.3 this morning...not sure if I'm pre-cycle or what. Arrrgghhh.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Stabilization...Day 251...-.5 lbs

Slow, but sure. Down 2.4lbs of the 5.4lbs I gained during birthday week.

Getting I can not complain.

Went on a 10 mile bike ride yesterday...yeah, I know...Who. Am. I?

Here's an interesting turn of events. Some years back...just before I met my love bug, Tom, I was unceremoniously dumped by another great guy. Broke my heart (into about a million pieces, I am sure), but hey, what can you do? He didn't want me and...hell, what diva/princess wants to be with a fellow who doesn't appreciate her fabulousness?

Anyway, Tom's fave thing to say about the "ex-BF" is, "I want to meet him. I owe him a great big thank-you-very-much." T figures, if he hadn't cut me loose, we'd never have met...true, dat!

Flash forward to this past sister runs into said ex-BF...he does the sincere -- but obligatory -- ask for Mom, Dad, me...etc., then states (and I quote from my sister): "I was my happiest when I was with Colleen." So, long way of saying..."I. Told. You. So."

Sad, though...he is a good guy...perhaps he'll find a love/partner as fab as my own Tomahawk? Not a guy...well, not that there's anything wrong with that...but, you know what I'm saying.

My parting happy, sweet Geo...that's all I want for you.

Eat and be well (but not crow, okay?),

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stabilization...Day 249...-.8 lbs

At 152.6...down another .8 lbs...still 3.5 pounds above my low birthday weight of 149.1 from July 14...patience, I know.

Already went on a 3 mile walk with the for a bike ride now. Given my gain as of this past Monday, I'd love to be back in the 40s by this coming Monday (July 26) would make my birthday cheat-week all worthwhile (smile).

Not much to say...go figure? Off to ride my bicycle,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Stabilization...Day 248...-1.3lbs

Ahhhhh...and the needle moves in the correct downward direction (153.2).

Phew...perhaps I'll be back in the 40s before the weekend...that would be good.

Made a great Mexican Chicken soup last night...tomato/chicken broth base with leftover rotisserie chicken, black beans, corn, onion, garlic, cilantro and assorted spices (chili powder, cumin and oregano). Fabulous with a little shredded cheddar on top...filling and low calorie (150 cals per cup, not counting the cheese).

Have a pork butt in the crockpot now...will have to moderate my intake on that tasty treat, but my sweetie had a hankering.

Must start my day!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Stabilization...Day 247...Yikes!

Thank god birthday week is over.

Egads...I'm up 5.4lbs! Not so much a case of overindulging...more about failing to edit my intake choices. Chinese (including Dan Dan Noodles and 1/2 an Egg Roll), pizza, Italian (as you know), a constant flow of champagne...oh god, I even had an ice cream cone for chrissakes! Who. Am. I?

But it's Monday and I'm off to a good start today...0% greek yogurt, 75 oz. of H20 (and it's not even 10:00 a.m.), 45 minute walk with the dog...heck, I feel slimmer already! Yeah, right.

Ah, that's life...gots to live it...but now I'm back to my model of moderation. I figure I'll be down in the 40s by this time next week...who's with me on that bet?

Need to stock the fridge with fruits and to the grocer.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stabilization...Day 242 (-47.6lbs)

Up .1, but still in the 40s...both at my weight and age. Today I am 49 years old! Yikes. How is that even possible? Thank god I'm immature.My honey and I are heading into Boston for dinner and a concert (Squeeze/Cheap Trick...note to self: that's how I'm 49...I was around when these bands hit the music scene)...but I digress.

Doing Italian...always a challenge when one does not partake of pasta, bread, etc. Will likely splurge on some eggplant parm and maybe a cheesy veal type dish. I'll just watch my portion they will need to be tiny, to say the least.

And I'm thinking today will be a banner champers day...aside from it being my most celebrated day of birth, it is also Bastille Day...and if that doesn't warrant cracking a bottle of bubbly, I. Ask. You. What. Does?

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Day 229...4.0 lbs from goal, -47.7 total!

I did it!

I broke into the 40s...149 this morning. Now to hang out here and dip 4.0 more pounds and I will have hit my goal weight...with any luck, this should be accomplished well within one year of my starting this journey. And what a year it's been.

I've learned a lot about myself. Certainly that I do in fact possess a great amount of willpower and that, with the proper attitude, I can accomplish any little ol' thing. Of course, why didn't I embrace this concept 10-15 years ago? Who knows?

Main thing is...I'm here now. Seeing as I've hit a major milestone, I'll be more dilligent with my posts moving forward. Keeps me honest and on the right track.

Off to walk the pooch.

Eat, be well and Happy 4th!

Jane Doh!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Stabilization...Day 219 (7.3 mos. post HCG) -45.8, 5.9 from goal

Today, dear reader, is the official start of summer...the Solstice was at 7:58 a.m., EST. And, let me tell you, it is a scorcher (or as we New Englanders prefer to say, "It's a scah-ja!"). But I digress.

Down just shy of two more pounds since my last post...not bad...particularly since I ate (dare I say it) a wee, teeny-tiny sliver of chocolate cake yesterday...and -- DAMN! -- was it good. But happily, that did not send me on the slippery slope back to my old habits. I was quite content with my itty-bitty nosh and woke this morning to no gain! Gee, maybe all this talk of moderation really is the key, she said with a knowing wink and a nudge.

So close and yet so far, though, from breaking the 150 lbs. milestone. .9 lbs away, to be exact. I can honestly say, my scale has never seen a number such as 140-something. My ultimate goal is I am, in fact, getting there...but, gosh, I really just want to dip into the 40s...especially before I leave them! Okay, okay...I'll only be 49 this July 14, but still...I'd like to hang in that fabulous land of 140-something for a good long while and, well, get all cozy and comfy with that number. Just a little hope and dream of mine.

Need to once again go thru my wardrobe and winnow out the things that are just too darn big. When HCG and Dr. Simeons promised if I stuck to the diet faithfully that I would lose "Pounds and Inches," this was not a joke. To recap: in my one and only round (42 days, from Oct. 2 - Nov. 14, 2009), I dropped an impressive 25.3 lbs and a staggering 36" overall (most notably 7.25" off my waist). As of today, I'm down an additional 20.5 lbs. (this while consuming 1300-1400 cals per day, coupled with moderate exercise...also, limited booze (a little champagne and the occasional martini) and with the exception of yesterday, no whites (think sugar, pasta, bread, etc.)). As for the inches, my waist is currently 33" (minus 10.5"...I'm still in shock), 48" lost overall! 48" mother isn't even that tall! The other big loss areas include my belly (-8.5"), hips (-6.5"), chest (-6.25...that's all that icky back flab) and 3" gone off each of my thighs.

Anyway, it is very exciting, to say the least, but mostly it is very satisfying. I made up my mind and, for once, I really did it. Yep, I'm pretty proud of me.

Enjoy the bounty of spring produce that is out there...I know I am!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Stabilization...Day 207; -45.3 lbs., 6.4 lbs. from goal

It is slow going these days...thinking I need to focus more on maintaining and less on losing. It is the summer season, afterall...chance of fun? 100%!

Off to walk the pooch...that will buy me a few extra calories.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Stabilization...Day 199...-43.9, 7.8 from goal

Plus one week and where am I? Same place I was last week! Arrrgggghhh.

To be fair, I shouldn't complain...I am not gaining, right? Been invited to sit on a national conference call of HCG newbies...I guess to serve as a model? Me? Yikes...not sure that's such a bright

Spent a glorious Memorial Day weekend on the boat. Guess what? Oddest thing...moving about a seagoing vessel is waaaayyyy easier minus 40-45, really. And know what else? Donning a swimsuit is a joy not a federal offense. All good.

Ate well and sensibly for the two-and-a-half days. Naked grilled meats, lots of veggies (including a fabulous ratatouille of summer squash, onions, tomatoes, olive oil and fresh cracked lemon pepper (in heavy duty foil, on the grill for about 15 mins)), treats that included Caprese Salad and a lovely crab salad (lump crab, lemon zest and 1/2 of the lemon's juice, pepper, 1-2 tsp light mayo) served on endive...oh, yeah, we do it right. No drinking for me and very little for my sweetie. Oh wait, I did have one Amstel Light...and you know what? 95 calories really never did taste so imported! Know how I've a new appreciation for the oh-so-dry martini (Noilly Prat...what vermouth should be, by the by...)? Well, this beer tasted good...real...flippin'...good. Not so good give-me-a-dozen, just refreshing. Hmmm.

Oy...must get back to the salt mines.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Stabilization...Day 193

Still hovering between 5-8 lbs. from my goal it is 7.8...but then again, my period is due, so that could explain that. Annoying, to say the least...I suppose I could lay off the champagne entirely, but, heck, where's the fun in that?

Bet I'm down a pound is a hot as hell here...mid 90s! In May, for chrissakes.

Okay, back to sewing...

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Stabilization...Day 184

Arrrghh...will I ever get these last pounds off? Currently 6.4 lbs. from my goal close and yet so far! I recalculated my BMR and lowered my daily caloric intake to 1300, down from 1400, but, of course, I need to get regards to more exercise. It's spring...cycling, perhaps?

Had an odd experience in regards to clothes...needed to get all gussied up for a fete of grand proportions this passed Friday...and...wait for it...nothing fit! No, not that was all too big! In fact, my one-and-only biz suit was swimming on me. But given how timeless the style is, I think I'll spring to get it altered. Also on the "alter" list is my "Car Wash" dress from is just too fab to part with.

Made an amazing Chicken Taco Stew in the crockpot this past weekend! Full of veggies and but a mere 170 calories per cup. Pretty easy...toss a chopped onion, box of frozen chopped spinach, box of frozen corn, 16 oz can of black beans drained, 28 oz can whole tomatoes in purée (I pull the cores out and crush toms with my hand before adding), 8 oz. can tomato sauce, 1/4 cup taco seasoning, 1+ tsp. each chili powder, cumin, coriander, hot sauce (add to suit your own taste). Stir together. Cook on high for 3 hrs. Shred chicken from one cooked bird (I get the rotisserie style at the grocery store). Add to crockpot. Cook another hour on low. Add more tomato puree if stew is too dry. I serve with chopped fresh tomato, scallions, jalepenos, shredded cheddar cheese (Mexican seasoned blend is exceptionally yummy) and sour cream (you need to add appropriate calories for each topping used). Beyond delish!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stabilization...Day 180

Just about six months post completion of the HCG protocol and I'm down an even 45 lbs at this morning's weigh-in. Not bad. Was down another .6 lbs this past Thursday...but then I do tend to fluctuate.

Tomorrow is a big food tasting event I do the PR for...Italian cuisine...sadly, I'll not be eating much...hopfully I can track down some grilled veggies and a little protein. But, just in case, I'll bring nuts and dried fruit.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Stabilization...Day 172

-45.6 lbs. this morning...6.1lbs. from my goal weight of 145. Wow! Hopefully I'm beyond that 41-ish number I was flirting with for weeks.

Not gobs to share...just the good number.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Stabilization...Day 168

-44.5...a new low...true, only an additional .1, but, heck, I'll take it.

Just took the dog for a quick walk...saw all sorts of friends on the boardwalk. It is a lovely day out there!

Need to get my act together now, though...have to go quote a job for re-covering some kick boards on a 21' Grady White...should be interesting...I've yet to do that. Annnnnndddd, I have five cushions for the Dutch Rudder to complete today, also. I'm going to do that seat back piece looks like shite.

Enjoyed grilled turkey tips, summer squash and sliced tomatoes for dinner last night...very diet friendly and quite tasty.

Even partook of a pre-dinner martini (with tomatillos as the garnish)...fab-u-lous!

And, lo and behold...hit my lowest number with this morning's weigh-in. Who knew?

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Stabilization...5 1/2 months (Day 167)

-43.6...still in that hover mode...probably should cut back on the dried apricots. 40g (equals about 15 pcs) have 110 calories...but it's higher in natural sugar than fresh fruit...and, yes, it's a great source of fiber, potassium and other great's not that I eat a whole bag, but sometimes...I'll fire back 30 or's like candy to me...then I'm up 220 calories...for a snack...that is delish, granted, but doesn't really fill me up...ahhh, you know the drill.

So, I'm thinking I'll finish up the ones I have and lay off purchasing more for a while...see if that let's me get out of this +/- 2 lb rut I'm in.

Spent the last two days with former SNL alum, Joe Piscopo. Still funny...and what a set of pipes...this guy can sing! But, really, what is up with 50-something guys getting jiggy with 20-something girls? And then being genuinely surprised when things blow up? I'm so happy to be married to the best fellow in the world...whom I love with all my heart and know that he loves me, too. Brings a smile to my face.

Must get to and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stabilization...Day 159

Arrgh...I appear to be stuck in a never-ending loop of down to my lowest weight (-45) to only -43 lbs. It's a 2-pound limbo I can't seem to budge out of...again, I lament...ARRRRRGHH!

Couple this with the official start of period since Feb. 26...and were I to be on schedule, it is due tomorrow...which could explain water retention, et al. Who knows.

I do know that it is more than annoying to stay true to my healthy lifestyle and actually have days where I gain weight! I ask, What. Is. Up. With. That?

And, yes, I understand it's most likely water weight or a case of "failure to eliminate," but I repeat, What. Is. Up. With. That?

Bottom line? I'll press on because in the end, it's all good.

Eat and be well, my little possums!

Jane Doh!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Stabilization...Day 154

Down another pound to minus 43 lbs. A mere 8.8 lbs. away from my goal weight of 145. Very. Very. Exciting.

Purchased HCG drops for my gal pal to do a round, but fear I may have wasted my money. She's already cutting herself off from socializing beacause she doesn't want to be out and not drinking. Big. Mistake.

Perhaps the best thing I did (and continue to do) is hang with friends during and after my protocol...all the while swilling ample H2O. Quickly realized, the expense & hangover from imbibing was not the important thing...just being with friends is what counted. And best of all, I'm now the guaranteed designated driver and I. Do. Not. Get. Hangovers. Talk about fabulous!

I wish my buddy luck and will offer all the support I can, but ultimately it is up to her...not unlike all things in life.

Eat and be well today!

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Stabilization...Day 151 I'm hanging out at minus 42 lbs even-steven...sometimes a pound of so higher or lower...but definitely consistently at this number. Woo-hoo for me! Would still like to lose another 10 target goal is 145...and I'll get there...slow, but sure.

But here's the real news. Had my first physical in almost three years...check out these numbers:

Cholesterol: was 198 (good is 61; bad is 113...both good numbers given my family's history)
Blood Sugar: was 82
Blood Pressure: was 125/ 98/78

Wow! I'm dazzling me.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Stabilization...Day 146

Note to self...when attending a Red Sox/Yankees game at Fenway Park...bring diet friendly snacks! Not only did our boys of summer lose, but so did I. Sadly not weight...just being a loser as far as decisions go.

Searched high and low for a quasi-food-worthy nosh to ingest...had to settle for a slice of cheese pizza. I don't know what hurt more...the singeing of my mouth's roof or the 1 lb. gain that showed up the next day...which, I've been working off the past two days. Almost there. Second note to goes on easier than it comes off.

I won't kid you, unlike many things that no longer appeal to me (McDonalds, candy/cakes, red/white wine, etc.), I will admit that pizza was oh-so-yummy. So, now I know. If I want pizza, the gain will be significant and it will sit like a ton of bricks in my system for several days...tasty as it I want to endure that? Probably not...and so we come full circle about life changes and decision making.

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I think those who decry or dismiss HCG as a weight loss tool miss the whole point of the protocol...yes, it’s draconian in nature, but the strict, very-low-calorie-diet lasts for a finite amount of time (no more than 42 days). And, make no mistake, you will lose weight with HCG, but more importantly, but it's more about resetting your relationship with food/booze, etc. Now that I'm almost 5 months into stabilization, I'd say that is proving true.

Need to get to eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Stabilization...Day 139

I have hit an all time low...down 42.9 lbs. this morning. Gosh that's a big number.

Made a big committment to keeping this weight off...took my rings to the jeweler to get sizing balls put on. Yup. Nothing says life change like sizing balls!

And...had the pleasure of trying on a bunch of my gowns (need them for the many galas I run) and all not only fit, but several are almost too lose. And one cute short black evening frock fits for the very first time. I ask, who am I?

The Easter holiday is upon us. Off to my brother's for our Easter repast. Always a challenge...these family meals...and, quite frankly, his kids, but that's a story for another time.

Yeah, family parties always mean lots of foods that I just don't/won't eat...ham, lagsagna, potatoes, corn/peas, etc.

I'm used to making it through these things unscathed now...I'll bring a big salad (usually a wedge or caesar type (with diet-friendly dressing...such as my own vinaigrette)) and some naked grilled chicken (enough for all). Funny enough, my plate is always the first gone!

Further proving, planning is key to diet success.

Eat and and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stabilization...Day 136

Back up 1.3 lbs., but then again, my period has been threatening for the last four days. Who knows? With the exception of several (okay 7) stuffed mushrooms at Sunday's surprise party in CT, I've been eating more than healthy. Tomorrow will tell.

Raining for the third day in a row...these migraines are killing me. So are the hot flashes I've started to get. Being less than a year and a half from 50, it only makes sense...perimenopause and all, but damn...I'm sleeping horribly and just plain uncomfortable. Oh, the joys of being a woman.

On an unrelated note, I enoyed breakfast for dinner...two large eggs (160 cals), four pieces of Canadian Bacon (80 cals), medium tomato (30 cals), sugar-free jello cup (10 cals), 24 oz. H2O...easy, yummy and good for me.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Stabilazation...Day 132

Lost the 2.0 gained over the past weekend, plus another .8 lbs. for a total loss of 41.9 lbs. as of today. Feeling great; looking better.

Weekend is finally here...lots to, fun and travel. Busy, busy. Need to prepare food wise...don't want this week's good dieting work to creep back on. Thinking chicken, veggies and yogurts should do the trick.

Need to start the work day.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Stabilization...Day 128

Up 2.0 lbs. today, but then, we were away for the weekend and the food choices were VERY limited. Did the best I could, but alas, I still ate small servings of "whites."

In this instance it was a little pasta and two pieces of pizza over the course of the weekend. I realize now, I should have brought my own food...and I did, somewhat. Travel items included a couple of yogurts and a few pieces of fruit (imagine if I hadn't had those bits how much my weight would have risen), but, honestly, I just didn't want to be "that" person who needs to prep her own chicken and such in someone else's kitchen.

After stepping on the scale this morning, I considered doing an "apple day," but I have decided to get right back on the proverbial "protocol" horse...this includes ingesting plenty of good, lean proteins and lots of, I should be down the above referenced 2.0 lbs. gained within a few days.

And, drumroll please, I have decided earnest...begins today. I'm about to attempt 15 mins on the doubt, I will be sucking wind in mere minutes. But it's off I go. I'll report back shortly.

Okay...I wasn't sucking wind, and I only made it 10 minutes at level 1...eek. I'm. Really. Out. Of. Shape! But, it's a start...can I do it again tomorrow? For perhaps 11 minutes? Stay tuned!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Stabilization...Day 125

Hit -41.1 lbs. this morning...10.4 lbs. from my goal weight. Must have been yesterday's "raw" lunch. Still reeling from that waste of time and money.

Fear I am heading into perimenopause in earnest. Late night hot flashes are keeping me up...arrghh! And as everyone knows, this princess needs her beauty sleep.

Yet another beautiful to walk the dog and enjoy the sun.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stabilization...Day 124

It is a good minus 40.4 lbs. for two days now...exxxx-cellent, Smithers.

Tried the new "raw" restaurant in town (Grezzo) wedge salad with eggplant "bacon" and almond paste croutons, as well as one Thai lettuce wrap appy later and I can say with total confidence, I will never darken THAT doorway again! Not only was it expensive ($24 for just the salad and lunchtime, no less), but I was hungry again before I even left the joint! That said, the food isn't bad, it's just not what this protein loving carnivore craves.

I will say, however, the meal certainly did not weigh heavy in my could it? If I consumed more than 200 calories between both plates, I'm lucky. My fave snack of a medium sized apple and 1 tbl. of natural peanut butter has more calories, for chrissakes.

Oh, and this slays me...the server says, "Do you like olives?"
Me: "But, of course."
Her: "Great. I have a treat, compliments of the chef, just for you."

She proudly brings me two green, teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy olives on one plate...and a second plate for the pitts, I'm guessing...

Me: "Doh!"

You gotta laugh. Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Stabilization...Day 121

Actually up 1.7 lbs. this morning...tho I'm not too concerned...I'm feeling very bloated, plus I'm still within my "allowed" two pound flux.

Yes, it's true, I try not to stress if I'm up a long as it's less than two pounds and when I know I haven't strayed to far from my typical diet, it's usually just water weight and comes off the next morning. Even if I've eaten something that is normally taboo, I go right back to my "no whites, no sugars" mantra and again, it comes off within a day or two...for me, this is why weighing in everyday and tracking that number is so important. Not to mention, I'm a bit obsessive compulsive anyway!

I have also decided that I need to also get more aggressive with exercise. 10,000 steps a day is good, but it's time to begin a routine that encompasses toning and strengthening...ick. I abhor exercise. It's not the physical exertion so much as I don't care for sweating (or glistening, as I prefer to call it). No. Sir. I. Don't. Care. For. It. At. All.

Making "Hamburg Soup"'s rainy and raw here in New England...a perfect day for hot soup.

It is a very tasty concoction that makes good use of many veggies, but the 1 pound of extra lean hamburger (95% if you can find it) gives it more depth, thus this less than 250 calorie lunch really sticks to the ole ribs.

Anything goes, but I usually make mine with onions, garlic, zucchini, yellow squash, celery, carrots, peas, corn (just a handful of the peas and corn...more for color and texture), black beans, tomato paste (2-3 tbl.), 28 oz. can of tomato puree (no sugar or salt added), 1 quart low or sodium free beef broth (I like Kitchen Basics), 3+ tbl. of assorted italian dried spices (to taste) and 1# very lean hamburger.

In a large dutch oven, over medium high heat, saute onion/garlic until translucent in minimal extra virgin olive oil; add hamburg. Cook until no longer pink. Add dried spices (I like Morton & Bassett's Italian mix, plus I add additional oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.)...the amount is to your own taste, but figure at least a total of 3 tbl. of the the above suggested spices. Cook spices at least 1 minute to release flavor. Add canned puree, broth, remaining veggies and black beans. Bring to a boil, then let simmer 45 mins. Add water (to thin) as needed (again, to your preference), salt and pepper to taste. I serve with a tablespoon of shredded parmesan for extra flavor.

Calories per cup: 225 (add 21 calories for 1 tbl. parmesan)

Well, back to work for this dieting diva!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Stabilization...Day 118

It is Friday...still lingering at 39.9 lbs. lost...will I ever pass 40?

Can't complain...I've enjoyed champagne almost each day this week, plus I made a sinful pulled pork on Weds. Didn't eat a lot of it, but still...considerably higher fat/cals than my usual "chicken and water!"

Despite my sweetie's desire for Chinese every weekend, I'm putting my foot down. "No!" The sodium and temptation is just too much for this dieting diva. Perhaps Thai will suffice? I'm cool with a Tom Yum soup and some Fresh Rolls...figure friendly and oh-so-yummy!

Not much to share today. Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stabilization...Day 116

Down 39.9lbs. today! Wow! Go me!

I continue to avoid sugars and whites, tho not too militant about it. For example, I enjoyed 12 cheese tortellinis over the weekend...with little regain recourse. Tasted good, but sat very heavy in my tummy, so really not worth it. So, loving a rich Italian gravy as I do, it's back to eating it like soup.

Of what do I speak, you ask? Instead of serving sauce and a few meatballs over a huge plate of pasta, I now eat sauce and meats in a bowl, soup style. I get all the flavor without those evil carbs.

Suppose I should start my day.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Stabilization...Day 109

Just .2 lbs away from hitting a new decade...the 50s, no less. Haven't seen that era in over seven years! Wow!

Feeling a little out of sorts...almost like I'm hungover, but I know that is not it as I haven't been drinking...must be the weather pattern...high and low pressures can wreak havoc with me.

Short update today...when I hit the 50s, my blog will be the first place I come to celebrate.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Stabilization...Day 107 about pushing buttons!

Was roaming the web and found an interesting dialogue on't resist posting to are my two cents...

I did it...once...using the homeopathic drops...started October 1, 2009...finished a 42-day protocol on Nov. 15...down an amazing 25.3 lbs.; 32.75" lost overall (7" in my waist alone). Since finishing, I've slowly and carefully worked in new foods; hang out around 1400 calories a day (as suggested per my BMR) and engage in moderate exercise...10,000 steps a day, minimum. As of today, March 1, 2010, I'm 107 days post HCG and I'm down a total of 34.9 lbs.; 47" overall (9" at the waist to a figure flattering 34.5").

With the exception of a little hand cramping (nothing a multivitamin with potassium or magnesium didn't take care of), I had no obvious side effects. I. Followed. The. Diet Without.

Fail. No cheats, no nothing. Buck up, it's for 42 days, no different than Lent, really (if you're Catholic, you know what I'm talking about).

My biggest realization has been that I. Can. Not. Eat. What. I. Want. Nope. So, I've cut out all whites (sugar, bread, pasta, ice cream, etc.) and I've significantly cut back on drinking...maybe a glass or two of champagne with my sweetie or an occasional martini (the real kind, not one with all sorts of mixers...wicked sugar content in those). Good news is, though, I don't crave the things I used to like...for example, I once loved a good red or white more. Doesn't even taste pleasant to me. And as for champagne, it must be exceptionally dry.

Here's the real key for me...HCG helped me drop a fair amount of weight quickly...and I needed that for motivation and such. It also helped me drop weight in my fattiest areas...waist (as I mentioned, 9" as of today), thighs (-3" each one), belly (-7.5")...thankfully though, not in my cup size (but I did lose 5.7" in my chest...mostly back flab). But most importantly, HCG has helped me to change my relationship with food.

I count every calorie (the iPhone has great apps for that), track my weight each morning, continue to drink in excess of 1 gallon of H2O everyday (yes, I keep track of every ounce) and I now always choose fresh fruit/veggies, protein or a small amount (5-10) of raw almonds/walnuts as the snack of choice.

Long way of saying, I've realized eating healthy and maintaining a safe weight is a day-to-day effort. So, I'm not saying "never" to foods I once loved, I just say "not today" and move on.

I kept a blog about my efforts (with recipe ideas and such)...I still write in it, but not as frequently...feel free to take a look:

Good luck, eat and be well!

Jane Doh!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Stabilization...Day 97

Alas, I've still not broken into a new "decade" fact, I'm up a pound or so from my lowest...34.2 lbs. lost (was down an additional 1.5 lbs. about ten days ago...of course, haven't been as militant as usual, but I digress).

Not eating bad stuff per se...just eating a smidge more than my allotted 1400 calories a day. Sadly, for me, it doesn't take much.

Which got me to come when losing weight, pundits always spout, "You didn't gain the weight overnight, why should you think you should lose it overnight?"

Well, I can tell do gain it overnight! One stinkin' slightly larger portion of low fat meatloaf/broiled chicken, etc., and I'm up a 1/4 pound the next day. And when I get right back on the diet bandwagon, it takes a good 2-3 days to lose that 1/4 pound...what is up wit dat?

Arrggghh...getting old sucks, Crash.

It's Friday...woo-hoo!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Stabilization...Day 90

Down another .2...soon to break into a whole new "decade" with my weight. Very exciting...I haven't been in the 50s in over 10 years!

To recap, I recently did one round (sublingually) of the hormone HCG (Oct to mid-Nov, 2009), dropping 25.3 lbs. & 36” overall (7” off my waist alone), almost three months later and eating a 1400 calorie diet, coupled with moderate exercise (at least 10,000 steps a day), I’m down a total of 35.9 lbs. & 47” overall (9” at the waist).

I think the naysayers of this miss the whole point of the HCG’s hard, but it’s for a finite amount of time (no more than 43 days) and it’s about resetting your relationship with food/booze, etc.

I had friends laying bets I’d never last...but with the results I saw each day...and continue to see, I can not complain. And, truth be told, I have alcohol consumption is considerably less (still like to toast a glass of bubbly (sometimes 1/2 bottle) with my honey)...but red and white wine are out.

I’m not saying forever, but, quite frankly, neither tastes that good to me anymore. Champagne is still yummy, but again, a little bit goes a long way! Also, I’ve completely cut out the “whites” (potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, etc.) and with the exception of 1 or 2 peanut M&Ms as an occasional treat (and, yes, I’m content with just one or two), no sugars, either. Certainly no cakes, cookies, candy, etc.

I track every calorie I eat (peanut M&M: 10.3 calories); exceed one gallon of water consumed each day; and weigh-in every morning.

Have successfully worked in a nice variety of what I consider my “new” idea of a treat: all natural peanut butter (1 tbl. w/granny smith apple (96 & 95 cals, respectively)), tiny box of raisins (45 cals), 5 dried apricot halves (110 cals), 10 pistachios (40 cals), 5 macademia nuts pcs. (35 cals) , I don’t feel deprived.

Anyway...I feel great...have kept the initial weight off and continue to lose...and I've had no side effects to speak of...okay, I was having some issues with my hands cramping if I picked up something heavy. And considering the woeful amount of potassium I consumed during the 43-day protocol...I'm not surprised. But now I take magnesium each day (along with a couple of fish oils and a multivitamin) and I've not had the problem since.

My take? If you are serious about making a life change, try this. Make no mistake, it's hard...but not impossible.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stabilization...Day 88

Hunkering down for a Nor'easter here in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts. Happily, we on the Northshore should dodge a snowy bullet, but alas, it is never over until the fat lady sings...and that would have been me, but given my extraordinary weight loss...well, that is up for debate!

Whipped up a leftover veggie-chicken-cheesy delight last night. Need to tweak original recipe (give it a lower-cal, protein-packed Jane Doh! punch), but will post when perfected.

A plateful of this sin weighs in at only 150 calories per 1/2 cup serving. Me. Likey.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Stabilization...Day 86

At my lowest weight since I can recall...161.

Spent last night with friends...fab, stabilization meal for me...two splits of champagne (250 cals. and a big treat), 3.5 oz. steamed Gulf White shrimp and a beef my pal's band JazzPort entertained with an updated spin on all the old lonnge classics. (Think Route 66, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Ain't Misbehavin', etc.)

Anyway...I feel great and can't get over that I'm able to eat a reasonable number of calories each day (tho still no sugars (as in candy, cakes type, not fresh fruit) or white/grain starches) and I've still lost 10 more pounds since finishing my 40-day round of HCG!

Long way of saying, I've spoken for years of the need to make a life change in relation to food particularly...and, I'm proud to say, I believe I'm on the correct track! Woo-hoo for me!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Stabilization...Day 82

82 days since I stopped the HCG drops...was down 26.3 lbs. then, down an additional 9.3 lbs. as of this morning...accomplished this just by staying on the recommended 1400 calories a day (for my BMR), engaging in moderate exercise (at least 10,000 steps) and partaking of no sugar or starches (despite the protocol allowing it). I still do enjoy an occasional glass or two of bubbly, but that's it. No red or white wine and absolutely no hard liquor.

I. Feel. Great. Made a really yummy smoothie this morning...recipe makes two servings at 235 calories each and contains a ton of protein (between the yogurt and the whey)...I share it with my honey, who is also down 20 lbs. just because of my meal prep:

1 7oz. tub 2% Greek yogurt
1 medium banana
1 Cup frozen, unsweetened whole strawberries (MUST BE FROZEN)
1 Scoop Whey Protein
Lemon Poland Springs Seltzer to loosen
1/4-1/2 packet of Stevia (optional)

Place all in blender...add seltzer to make blending smoother. Taste...if not sweet enough, add Stevia (sparingly...a little bit goes a long way). Enjoy.

Need to head to the farm stand for some veggies...making a white bean vegetable soup...if the recipe is worth sharing, up she goes!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stabilization...Day 63

Down another .6 lbs.

Met up with a gal cocktails for me, but the company was fab. I feel neighborhood bartenders, however, miss my large tabs and the subsequent large tips? Oh. Boo. Hoo. For. Them.

Tomorrow I celebrate five years of wedded bliss with my honey...even talked him into taking the day will be had...oh, yes...Fun. Will. Be. Had.

Must get back to work,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stabilization...33 days since my last post...

62 days since my last weigh in (LWI)...and (drum roll, please)...down an additional 4 lost to date: 30 lbs.

Yep...consuming my required 1400 calories a day, but staying away from starches and sugars. Plus, my alcohol consumption continues to be exceptionally low...the occasional two glasses of champagne is my limit. No beer, red/white wine or mixed drinks. And, I love not having hangovers!

Still 16 pounds from my goal weight...but I've decided to do it the old fashioned way...moderate food intake, more exercise. HCG successfully jump started my effort, but now it is about making permanent life changes.

I find I don't miss the excessive boozing and, now, by not eating bad-for-me foods, I can indulge in the new-good-for-me-foods I've come to appreciate. A green apple with all-natural peanut butter? YUM. A tiny box of raisins? SINFUL. The occasional (and I do mean, occasional) Smart-Pop 100 calorie Kettle Korn bag? LUSCIOUS. Who needs bread? Chocolate? Bailey's Irish Cream? Not me, that is for darn sure.

As for cooking...butter is out...olive oil in. Never used a ton of butter, but I've let it go...a moment of silence, please.

My fridge is a work of art...lots of good veggies; tons of mustards and hot sauces; plenty of San Pellegrino; fresh cooked, organic chicken breasts for the taking; and a wide variety of cheeses, in one-ounce portions for those hungry-horror episodes.

All in all, it's good...I feel great...look better and am still motivated...this, almost two months post-HCG.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!