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Lessons Learned: Coffee Grinds

tea leaves? Who needs tea leaves? I can tell my fortune in coffee grinds thanks to the Polar Vortex making it too cold to walk to Dunkin’ daily. That, and I looked at my Mint figures and realized I spent $516.23 at coffee shops last year. That is INSANE and needs to stop, or at least be significantly curtailed because I won’t be giving up my iced coffee).

In the course of homemade mocha mint via my new toy, I also realized I was saving calories. I’d been trying to drink more Dunkin’ (Iced Peppermint Mocha, splash of skim 260 calories) vs. Starbucks (grande soy peppermint mocha, no whip, 330 calories). Homemade? The 40 calories in the Lactaid fat free milk. Win. Means more calories saved for lunch-and a bigger lunch which keeps me fuller longer and less snacky. Double win.

However, I am switching back to soy because I forgot just how vile Lactaid milk is.

and on the #GoTheDist front: 129, 827 steps, 55.8 miles walked (screw you polar vortex) and 69.3 miles biked. That means my Q1 goal (700,000 steps, 300 miles walked and 75 miles on the bike) is well within reach. It seems that I need a new bike goal-I’m very impressed with my gym habits and know the walking will increase when the weather improves and NYC withdraws from the Arctic circle.

Don’t think I’m going to win my DietBet, but I’ll have lost weight, which means it’s a win.

Weekend success

Weekend. Success.
Those are two words that I never thought would go together.

Weekends are and have always been my downfall. Not that I would undo all my good progress but I certainly could have done better if I didn’t fall into calorie and salt vats each weekend. Since I re-started this journey on 28 January, I have had some very good weekends. Not perfect, but much better than in the past. Even the days that involved diner-sized pancakes and turkey burgers were tracked and I’ve had as many days at/below calories than over. Well below, actually. Some good choices I’m proud of.

That, is progress. Success.

Of course, today involved a few pigs in a blanket, but they were tracked. Life isn’t living without pigs in a blanket and tuna tartare “ice cream cones”

Food Hospital: PCOS

One of the things I’ve learned in my various weight loss journeys is that everyone has an opinion on what foods you should (not) be eating and they conflict with one another ridiculously. I have found for me personally that I agree with something a colleague said: the only diet that works is the one you’ll stick to. To that end, I don’t actually follow a specific diet and haven’t ever really.

When I was following Weight Watchers (pre-Points Plus) I was eating what I liked, but I tried to stick to whole grains. Not necessarily because I believed they were better, but because they were better value for Points. Yeah…slight gaming the system, but it worked. Oddly, when I first lost a significant amount of weight (freshman year in college), I was living on carbs. Salad, pasta and a sandwich for nearly every meal. I still lost it in part due to increased workouts and cutting out dessert. This time, I’m doing nothing specific. I’m simply counting calories. Something I said I could “never” do. Interesting how quickly never or can’t changes.

I don’t think I could ever no carb. Cheerios, sushi, and sandwiches are my main issue. While I don’t believe Atkins and/or South Beach are the panaceas they’re sold as, there’s some good behind them. I’ve also had PCOS for 16 or 17 years (albeit undiagnosed until my mid 20s) and there is some research that carbs and diet play a role. So sometimes I wonder whether I should keep an eye toward lowering my carb intake even if that doesn’t involve lowering it to low carb levels.  I then caught an episode of the Food Hospital that focused on PCOS. I find the premise of the show a little woo-y and think some of their theories are out of left field, but they do acknowledge the placebo effect so I watched the PCOS ep with an open mind. One thing they encouraged that I hadn’t heard was to increase pulses. I hadn’t heard of pulses, but do like chick peas so may give it a go.

PCOS is a crazy thing. It can make it hard to lose weight¦ but it’s improved by losing weight. I would like to not be on meds my entire life, so worth looking into what foods are options while I continue to lose weight.