32 Pounds Ago

another birthmonth project

Raw Food Day 2

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The only difficult thing so far has been giving up coffee. Yesterday and today I’ve felt sleepy and fuzzy-headed, but I managed to make it through the day by taking deep whiffs of coffee from my coffee jar at work.

Food, however, has been awesome. I usually don’t like to eat cold things for supper, but this weather is perfect for salads. I haven’t yet felt hunger pains or cravings, and everything has been quite yummy. I’m optimistic.

Breakfast smoothie: 1 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Keffir, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 mango, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup unprocessed wheat bran, 1/2 tbsp raw honey. Side of apple and grapes.

WW Points: 5

Lunch salad: 2 cups mixed baby greens, 1 cup cauliflower, 1/2 cup cucumber, 1/2 bell peppers, 1/2 cup shredded carrots, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 6 onion slices, 1/4 cup raw cashews, 1/4 lemon juice.

WW Points: 6

Afternoon snack: 1 medium banana, 1 Naked Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Juice.

WW Points: 5.5

Late afternoon snack: Pecan Pie Larabar (it was dee-licious!)

WW Points: 4

“Awesome Salad” for dinner: 2 cups spinach, 1 small radish, 1 turnip, 1/2 cup grapes, 5 baby bella mushrooms, 1/4 thinly sliced carrots, 1/2 cup sugar snap peas. “Awesome Dressing” consists of 1/4 cup mashed avocado and 1/4 orange juice.

WW Points: 5.5

Total WW Points for the day: 27 (of 31)

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April 13, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Raw Food Day 1

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Today I started a raw food challenge. This one will only be two weeks long because that’s how much time I have left before my sailing trip. It’s quite simple, I’m eating raw (or live) fruits, veggies and nuts just like every other species on the planet. No cooking, no heating, no coffee. WAIT! NO COFFEE?!?! Yeah, that’s the worst part. But it’s only for two weeks. The only exception I’m making (so far) is bottled fruit juices. Those aren’t technically raw since they are pasteurized. But I’m too lazy and I don’t have a juicer.

“Fruit Cocktail” for Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit, 1 1/2 cups strawberries, 1 cup grapes, 1 medium apple, 8 fl oz orange juice.

WW Points: 5.5

“Boring Salad” for Lunch: 2 cups spinach, 1 cup cucumber, 1/2 shredded carrots, 1/2 chopped bell peppers, 1 1/2 cups broccoli.

WW Points: 0 (I’ll add a dressing next time)

Afternoon snack: 1 large banana, 1 Naked orange carrot juice.

WW Points: 7

“Awesome Salad” for dinner: 2 cups spinach, 1/2 tomato, 5 baby bella mushrooms, 1/2 cup sugar snap peas, 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 small onion, 1/4 cup raw walnuts, 1 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds. “Awesome Dressing” consists of 1/4 cup mashed avocado and 1/4 orange juice. It is amazingly delicious.

WW Points: 10

“Coconut Kefir Fruit Smoothie” for dessert: 1 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Keffir (vegan, soy free, gluten free, but it’s probably not raw), 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup frozen peaches, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1/2 tbsp raw honey.

WW Points: 5

Total WW Points for the day: 27.5 (of 31)

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April 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm

30. Frito Chili Pie

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If you haven’t had one, you haven’t lived. If you haven’t had one with Vegetarian Cashew Chili from the Hallmark Cards employee cafeteria, then I just don’t know how you get through your week.

When lunchtime arrives and nothing else is looking good, I have my old faithful Frito Chili Pie to fall back on. And, I think I may have fallen back on it too much over the past year because I’m here to tell you I may have found the culprit (the bugger that got me back where I started).

See, the way I prepare this happy dish is I buy two little bags of Fritos corn chips, dump them on a plate and pour the veggie cashew chili over the whole thing. Then, of course, I douse it with Louisiana hot sauce and a healthy splash of Tabasco sauce.

Today was the first time I had one of those since I started tracking points. And guess how many points that sucker is worth!?! Ready? Here it is (drumroll of doom): 20.5 Now, if you add a cookie and a chocolate Silk for dessert, forget it; you’ve gone over for the day.

But alas, I didn’t have the cookie or the chocolate Silk. Instead I savored every bite of my Frito Chili Pie, knowing I would be having Zero Point Soup for dinner. And, somehow I managed to stay within my allotted points for the day!

Today’s numbers:

WW Points: 30 (of 31)

Pushups: 180 (profuse sweating and cursing ensued)

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March 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm

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25. Pushover

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Tonight I finally broke 100. In fact, I completed 115 good form pushups. Okay, the last ten were not my best form ever, but I made it. And, no, I didn’t do all 115 in one go. These were spread over six sets with timed resting intervals. But this is more pushups than I’ve ever done.

I’m on week four of the One Hundred Pushups challenge. I have two weeks left and I’ve been promised by this website that if I stick to the program I’ll be able to do 100 pushups in one fell swoop, without interruptions.  I’m not exactly sure how that’ll work, because I’m telling you, by the time I get to the sixth set, my arms are jelly. But I’m trusting.

According to my calculations, I have done 873 pushups. Sounds like a boatload, doesn’t it. And then, of course, I had to go to Wikipedia and find that the world record for most pushups in one hour is 1940 by some Paddy Doyle (who is probably really ugly and otherwise untalented anyway).

That means in four weeks I’m still some 800 pushups shy of what Mr. Paddy does in one hour. And guess what the record is for most non-stop pushups. You ready? Here it goes…10507. Believe it! That record belongs to a fellow named Charlie Hockey, who obviously has no life.

So, what? I’ve certainly done more pushups in the past few weeks than I’ve ever done in 30 some years. And I’m happy and quite proud, if I do say so myself. I already feel myself doing them better and better. And whether or not I am able to do 100 of them at once, well, I don’t know. We’ll see.

Today’s points:

WW Points: 38.5 (of 31) Stupid French Fries

Pushups: 115

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March 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm

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24. Watching Paint Dry

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I thought this was going to be fun, but it’s not nearly as fun as my last birthmonth project.

Getting up at 5:00 am to hit the treadmill is not fun. Counting points and trying to figure out how to use them all up is not fun. Lifting weights is not fun. Don’t even get me started on the pushups. Yoga is a little bit fun, but only until we get to the balancing poses (which I despise). Okay, the fact that I’ve lost 5 lbs is kind of fun. But that’s about it.

That’s why I haven’t blogged about my process in almost a whole week. Because writing about it hasn’t been much fun either. And apparently neither has been reading about it.

But lest you thought I had dropped out, I’m here to tell you I’ve kept up. Still doing the treadmill, the pushups, everything. And now that the weather is supposed to get better, I’m starting to think about riding my bike. Now that’s fun. Maybe I should blog about that.

Todays numbers:

WW Points: 22 (of 31)

Weight training: mins

Yoga: 75 mins

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March 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm

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17. Seeing Green

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Oh. My. Gosh. You guys, I love this soup, and it’s zero points a serving.* We made it last night for the first time and I was fully expecting it to suck. But it is amazing. I’m linking to this recipe here, because I really think you should give it a try, even if you’re not counting points. For a nice twist, add two or three drops of liquid smoke. Also, I recommend pureeing it with an immersion blender for a delicious texture and a rich green color. That’s all I’m gonna say today.

Today’s numbers:

WW Points 29.5 (of 31)

Weight training: 30 mins

Yoga: 75 mins

* Okay, be careful, Weight Watchers does not follow real world math. It’s zero points for one serving, but if you eat two servings it’s one point and it goes up from there. So don’t eat the whole pot and think you’ve got a ton of points left.

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March 17, 2010 at 9:07 pm

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16. Eating For Two

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After yesterday’s announcement, most of my family and friends should know that Emily and I are expecting. But I’ve known for two months. And I can tell you now that the thought of having a child was a big part of my decision to get back on the fit wagon.

I don’t want to be a fat, unhealthy dad. That’s not the example I want to set for my child, it’s already difficult enough for kids out there with fast food and junk food corporations constantly bombarding them.

My long-term goal is to reach my ideal weight by the time the baby arrives, which should be late September. That’s about six months away, plenty of time to make it. Plus, the warmer months are approaching and I’ll be able to ride my bike again and walk to work. It’s a lot of weight to lose, but I’m feeling optimistic.

Today’s numbers:

WW Points 29.5 (of 31)

Treadmill: 45 mins (4.5% incl 4.0 speed, 3.00 miles, 366.9 cals)

Pushups: 97

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March 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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