10-Pound Challenge Update

By Kennedi Rose / January 22, 2012

The 10-Pound Challenge officially kicked off on Martin Luther King Day, on Monday. It’s been a week.

So far I’ve lost … allegedly 1 pound, but that might be measurement error. Weight can fluctuate by 1 or 2 pounds depending on how much water you drank that day, etc.

I don’t FEEL like I lost anything.

Hmm. That’s bad news.

Okay, I want you to be involved in this. Hold me accountable. Here’s what I’m eating.

Breakfast = Coffee with creamer.
Lunch = Brown rice, black beans, salsa, guacamole, and just a touch of cheese.
Dinner = The same thing as lunch
Dessert = Ben & Jerrys ice cream. **That might be the problem!!**

Exercise = In my defense, I drove to the gym! But it was closed because of MLK Day. And it’s waaay too cold to exercise outside. And — let’s be honest — I won’t work out at home! I just won’t!

Breakfast = Fat-free yogurt. Coffee, creamer.
Snack = Apple + peanut butter.
Lunch = Brown rice, black beans, salsa, guacamole, cheese.
Snack = Half of a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, with high-fiber bread, sugar-free jelly and sugar-free all-natural PB (ingredients: peanuts, salt. That’s it.)
Dinner = Homemade pesto pizza with tomatoes and red onions (no cheese!) (Read why tomato is a ‘superfood.’)
Dessert =Um … do I really have to admit this? More ice cream. A lot of it.

Exercise = 30 minutes on the elliptical machine.

Breakfast = A bowl of Fiber One cereal with skim milk. Coffee with creamer.
Lunch = Brown rice, black beans, salsa, guacamole, cheese.
Dinner = Homemade pesto pizza with mushrooms and brie (the brie is pretty fattening. Pesto has a lot of fat, but it’s “good fat.”)
Dessert = I skipped dessert! Victory! Drank a mug of unsweetened herbal tea.

Exercise = 30 minutes on the elliptical machine.

Breakfast = Fat-free yogurt and 2 hard-boiled egg whites. Coffee with creamer.
Lunch = Two fish tacos. Ingredients: 2 low-carb wraps (small). Lightly battered halibut (10 grams fat, 25 grams protein). Shredded veggies. 1-2 tbsp. Caesar salad dressing.
Dinner = An apple with peanut butter and one slice toast with brie. I didn’t feel like cooking.
Dessert = You guessed it! Ice cream — the light variety (low-fat).

Exercise = 1 hour doing light yardwork.

Breakfast =? Coffee with creamer.
Lunch = A pre-packaged Chili Relleno (18 grams fat).
Snack = Carrots and green pepper dipped in hummus. 2 hard-boiled egg whites.
Dinner = One fish taco. (low-carb wrap, halibut, shredded veggies, low-fat Asian dressing.)
Snack: Half a peanut-butter-jelly sandwich (with high-fiber bread, sugar-free all-natural PB and sugar-free jelly.)
Dessert = One glass of white wine.

Exercise = None. 🙁

Conclusions about my week:
** I eat more Mexican food than I realized! Fortunately I don’t use a lot of cheese, and no red meat.
** I don’t eat much for breakfast — I should force myself to eat more in the morning.
** I’m pretty good at eating a lot of small meals throughout the day.
** I eat too much ice cream!
** I need to do more strenuous exercise.
** I ought to eat more veggies.

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