Muncha, Muncha, Muncha

Well, today’s weigh-in went exceptionally well considering that I’ve been moving at half speed due to a cold. I lost 4 delicious pounds! Yippie. I’m very happy with that number.

I’m a little worried about what next week will bring, seeing as it’s a ‘food holiday’ and all. Just so you know why that is a concern, I’m going to show you what I eat on a typical week day (weekend are a whole different ballgame):

6 oz gatorade–38 cal
light string cheese–50 cal
AM Snack:
apple chips–50 cal
24 reduced fat wheat thins–160 cal
mcd. fruit & yogurt parfait–160 cal
mcd. side salad–20 cal
1/2 pck low-fat newman’s own italian dressing–30 cal
PM Snack:
fiber 1 oats & chocolate granola bar–140 cal
crystal light–5 cal
turkey/rice casserole–427 cal
PM Snack:
w.w. big cookies & cream ice cream bar–140 cal
light string cheese–50 cal

Total Calories: 1270

This goes up and down a little bit, but I can usually keep things between 1200 & 1400 during the week. On the weekends, when I’m home more, I tend to eat more. Mostly because I’m bored so I’ve got to find a way to combat that. But overall I think things are going pretty good on the food front. I’ve just got to make sure I don’t slip into my old, bad habits.

I’m not sure how the addition of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, pumpkin pie… will effect me. This is my favorite meal of the entire year! I want to eat it and I’m salivating just writing about it. I am going to bring Smart Ones, fat free dressing, smiling cow cheese, crystal light, good snacks, etc. so I can keep the rest of my meals as low as possible. I’m also going to make sure I walk morning and afternoon so I can keep my calorie burn high. I just hope it’s enough because I don’t think I can say ‘no’ to gravy!

Starting Weight: 301
Current Weight: 283
Total Weight Lost: 18
Total Inches Lost (as of 10/10): 4.25
Total % Weight Lost:  5.98%



  1. You are doing Great! I love thanksgiving too *looks forwards to it with Karen* The trick, me thinks, is to watch how much of the delicious food we eat.. portion control is the problem… My friend heard a good tip: Have dinner buffet style so that seconds are not right in front of you… also load up on the veggie tray and drink water before and during.. enjoy seconds for the next meal… *cheers for leftovers later* May we all eat slow and enjoy the company even more than the meal! BTW: you are on my “Things I’m Most Thankful For” list!

  2. Teresa Said:

    Good job Karen! I hope my weigh in goes as well, although I’m doubtful. Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday, and I’ve been wondering for weeks now how I will handle things. We’re having our Thanksgiving tomorrow, so I guess I’ll know soon enough. Mom and Dad always have yummy food at their house — and pumpkin pie — I could eat the whole pie. I think your strategy of bringing some of your staples along is a good one.

  3. Bridge Said:

    18 pounds is amazing! You are going to make your 10%. I am sooooo proud.

  4. mok Said:

    I confess I am planning the whole thing for Thanksgiving. I am working on sugar free pie and jello salad, but all the rest is full boogie. There well be 24 people, if you count Mysha, so maybe the sheer volume will keep the calories away from you. Sit in a small place and keep very still and they might not see you. Please bring a lemon (merangue?, merang?, merange?, mermaid?) a lemon pie with that egg white stuff on top! for Glenn if you can. I’m going to attempt a Boston Creme Pie for Paul. Can’t wait to see you!

  5. jess Said:

    go karen!!

    hey have you tried the paul newman sesame ginger dressing? they have it at mcdonald’s and it’s the bomb-diggety. i highly recommend it. 🙂

    can’t you eat the turkey? with no mashed potatoes or gravy?

  6. Sarah Said:

    I have a gravy trick. Buy a turkey gravy packet in the seasonings isle. When prepared it is only 25 calories per 1/4 cup! I think they taste really good too. Good luck!

  7. Nancy Said:

    Yea!! 18 lbs!!! I’m so excited for you. You got some great tips for Thanksgiving. Just try and enjoy and remember that Thanksgiving isn’t going to mess everything up. It’s one day and one meal. You can make it through it!

  8. MaryEllen Said:

    I love the Thanksgiving food! I keep a handle on portion control by using a smaller plate. The plate is still full, so my eyes think I have alot and that seems to trick my brain somewhat. Pumpkin pie is my downfall, I freely admit. The cream pies are another story. I make them all with sugar-free/fat-free puddings and light or fat free coolwhip. I take one bite with crust and then scoop the filling off and just enjoy that. Eating slowly is great. It gives your brain to receive the signal that your stomach has food in it. Part of the reason we over eat is that we eat so fast your brain cannot process what the stomach has in it until we are so full we are sick. Have a happy Thanksgiving. You already have the mental game plan made and that is half the battle. I am so proud of the great srtides you have made!

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