I Hate Numbers

I have a love/hate relationship with numbers!  Before I go on my rant, I have a few positive things to share.

First off, we have TWO Clif Bar giveaway winners!

Congratulations to Paula and Jocelyn!  Please let us know what you think of the season Clif Bar flavors!

My second positive thing to share is that I had an AWESOME dinner with one of my blog readers, Katy, last night!  It was so wonderful meeting a reader, sharing our stories, and laughing at our similarities.  Most of all though, I’m so excited to have someone to hold me accountable and I hope that I can help her in the same way.

For dinner we met up at Cosi and I ended up ordering the hummus and veggies sandwich (10PP), which was AWESOME!!

Today started off a little weird.  I was a rock star last night and packed my gym bag, lunch, and even slept in my gym clothes with the goal of going to the 7AM spin class this morning.  I’ve been sleeping on the couch these past two nights (awesome sleep btw) and totally woke up at 7:30AM to no alarm.  Eek!  I don’t even remember my alarm going off at 5:15 this morning.

The good thing is a.) I didn’t have to shower again b.) My work clothes were already laid out and c.) I didn’t wake up at 9:30AM.

My meal plan for today is a little off since Neal and I are going to a food tasting with a potential caterer at 4PM.

Breakfast – 3PP

  • banana – 0PP
  • apple- 0PP
  • Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte from SB – 3PP

Early Lunch -8PP

  • Homemade turkey taco meat mixture (ground turkey, black beans, rotel, refried beans, and taco seasoning)- 7PP
  • 1 Tortilla factory tortillas- 1PP
  • lettuce- 0PP

So now for my rant….

I HATE NUMBERS!!

My work offers a free health assessment each year, which is great, but I’m always so discouraged by the outcome.  I know that I’m overweight, but I honestly don’t view myself as unhealthy as my numbers make me out to be.

  • Height – 5′ 9″
  • Weight – 225
  • Body Fat – 36.2% (Borderline High 31-36.9)
  • BMI – 33.2 (High > 25)
  • Waist – 40.5 inches
  • Total Cholesterol – 148 (Desirable)
  • HDL Cholesterol – 40 (Higher Risk)
  • Total/HDL Ratio – 3.7 (Recommended 3.6-4.9)
  • Glucose – 90 (Normal < 139)
  • Blood Pressure – 120/80 (Normal)

The recommendations from the dietitian were to incorporate more fish into my diet, lessen the processed foods in my diet,  exercise more, and continue to lose body fat.

I am going to keep a positive attitude, despite today’s numbers.  It is my second day on Weight Watchers and I know I will improve these numbers by this time next year!  That is my goal.

Have a happy Thursday everyone!

Rejoining Weight Watchers

“Why is weight loss so tough?”, I thought to myself this past weekend.

Since August I have gained 12.4 pounds, which is CRAZY to me.  I struggled with binge eating back in August, but since then I’ve really done a good job of controlling my portions and sticking to my weekly plan.  In addition, Neal and I have been training for the 15K and are up to 8 mile long runs!  I am just baffled by my weight gain, but I knew it was time to make a big decision.

In the past, I have been extremely successful with Weight Watchers.  I have probably joined weight watchers 15 times (no joke) in my lifetime, but had the greatest success back in 2006-2007 when I lost 50 pounds.  I had gotten down to 207 by the summer of 2007 and have fluctuated between 207 and 220 since then.

This weekend I made the decision to join Weight Watchers ONE LAST TIME!  It’s scary to say that because I know it’s going to be tough.  I know it’s going to be challenging.  And I fear that I will quit, just as I have done in the past.

Since losing the weight back in 2007, I wanted so badly to do it on my own.  I was happy at 207, I felt skinny, and even though “there is no way I can get down to 179 pounds!  I wanted to be free of dieting and to just live a happy and healthy life on my own.  I’ve tried, and I’ve been successful, but I have learned that I still have a long way to go and I LOVE accountability.

The Weight Watchers program has changed over the past 5 years, making it easy for me to be cynical.  When I lost the 50 pounds back in 2007, I did it on the Weight Watchers CORE plan and have had it in my head that “I never want to count points again”.  Having said this though, I know that the Weight Watchers philosophy is a great one and I believe in their program.  Returning to Weight Watchers is a VERY big decision for me and one that I did not take lightly.

Last night at 6:45PM I talked into my first Weight Watchers meeting.  Now, I don’t know about you but weighing myself at night is SCARY.  I usually try to weight myself first thing in the morning with as little clothing on as possible but this time around I said “screw it”!  I am going to weigh in at 6:45PM on Tuesday nights in whatever clothing I have on that day.  I am going to be true to myself and am going to give it my all.

Last night I weighed in at 229.4 pounds, my highest since losing weight back in 2007.

My goals for right now are ….

  1. Weigh-in every Tuesday night (Biggest Loser night, woop woop)
  2. Continue to workout and train as I have been doing
  3. Look and feel great for Neal’s and my engagement photos
  4. Lose 5% of my body weight — 11 pounds (218.4)
  5. Lose 10% of my body weight — 22 pounds (207 — my lowest from 2007)
  6. Decide upon my next goal after losing 10% of my body weight
  7. Don’t quit!

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This week, based on my body weight, I can eat 38 points plus a day and have a weekly 49 points plus allowance.  Those 49 points will come in handy on Thursday night, as Neal and I have a food tasting appointment with a caterer.

Breakfast – 7PP total

  • 1 cup multi grain cheerios – 3PP
  • 1 cup skim milk – 3PP
  • 1 banana- 0PP
  • 1 cup coffee with 1 TBSP creamer- 1PP

I do have to share about this shot glass measuring cup.  This is a great way to measure out salad dressings and creamer, without having to get out your measuring spoons.  I found my shot glass at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Lunch – 9PP total

  • Homemade turkey taco meat mixture (ground turkey, black beans, rotel, refried beans, and taco seasoning)- 7PP
  • 2 Tortilla factory tortillas- 2PP
  • lettuce- 0PP

Snacks- 7PP

  • Apple- 0PP
  • Cabot cheese- 2PP
  • NuGo dark mint chocolate bar- 5PP

Dinner-

I have 17 PP remaining for dinner tonight, which leaves me with a LOT of options.  Tonight I am having dinner with Katy, one of my loyal readers!  We’ve having dinner at Cosi, so I went ahead and checked out Cosi’s website.

After checking out the menu and plugging the nutritional information into my calculator, I have narrowed down my dinner choices to either the Greek Chicken Pizza- 15PP or the Hummus and Veggie Sandwich- 10PP.  If I got the sandwich, I could always grab a latte after dinner.

Whatever I decide, today should end right on point, without having to use any of my weekly points allowance.  I did not workout this morning, but hope to take spin tomorrow morning.

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Thank you for being a part of my journey!  If you’re on Weight Watchers and ever have questions and/or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you’re not on Weight Watchers, I’d love to hear about your journey and to help you along your way!

OH, and don’t forget that today is the last day to enter to win my Clif Bar giveaway.  Just leave a comment on yesterday’s post!

Seasonal Clif Bar Giveaway!

Last night I met up with one of my bridesmaids, Becky, for dinner at Mama Ayesha’s.  The restaurant is about a 10 minute walk from the Woodley Park metro station, just over Rock Creek Park on Calvert Street.  As you cross the bridge you will see this crazy/awesome mural on the side of the restaurant.  I mean come on, Mama Ayesha herself with 11 presidents.  Classic!

Dinner was awesome!  We started with hummus

and then split two dinner.

We ordered Menzalah, which was layered eggplant topped with ground beef, pine nuts, almonds and tomato sauce baked and served with rice

and Mushakal Mashawi, which was shish kabob, shish taouk and kifta kabob served with rice and grilled vegetables.  Both dinners were awesome!  I loved the eggplant in the first dish and the grilled chicken in the second dish.  Oh man, and the hummus was truly awesome!

A cup of decaf and 2 desserts brought our amazing meal to a close.  I’m so thankful for my friends and love that Becky will be one of my bridesmaids.  Tonight we talked about the bachelorette party, oh yeah!  Vegas anyone?

While at dinner, I received a text from Neal’s sister Jill that baby Annabelle was born tonight!!  Seriously, Jill is A-Mazing.  As of 2PM this afternoon, she was sitting on her couch watching elf.  4 hours later she had her baby girl in her arms.  Who does that?  I am seriously in awe, considering Annabelle is her first baby but man are we excited to welcome Annabelle to the world!  Happy Birthday Annabelle!  In honor of Annabelle’s birthday, I thought a giveaway would be appropriate!!

Seasonal Clif Bar Giveaway

Clif Bar has 3 seasonal flavors this year and I thought 1 lucky winner would like to try all three!

We’ve got Peppermint Stick!

We’ve got Iced Gingerbread!

And we’ve got Spiced Pumpkin Pie!

Who’s excited?

To Enter the Seasonal Clif Bar Giveaway simply:

  • Leave a comment on this post about your favorite ethnic food and/or favorite Clif Bar flavor

  • Earn an extra entry by tweeting: “I want to win @CoffeeCkeCardio’s Seasonal @Clifbar Giveaway!” (Just make sure to leave a second comment on this post with your tweet)

  • Earn an extra extra entry by signing up for a subscription to Coffee Cake and Cardio.  (Just make sure to leave a third comment on this post saying you’ve subscribed to Coffee, Cake and Cardio). 

I’ll randomly pick a winner on Thursday morning (October 27, 2011). (Please note that you must live in the Continental United States to qualify).

Celebrations at the Melting Pot

Tonight Neal, Liz, Matt and I went to the Melting Pot to celebrate Liz’s and my birthday, Neal’s and my engagement, and Matt’s return to DC.

Liz, Matt, and Eric (the buffalo stand in)

It was so nice to have a dinner date with the gang, as Matt has been out of town on business for the past 5 weeks.  We started dinner with the Wisconsin Cheese Trio fondue.

We then had a wonderful main course (herb chicken, terriaki steak, filet mignon, Tuna, and shrimp).

We also enjoyed a few cocktails!!

For dessert we had a WONDERFUL dark chocolate fondue with marshmallow and oreos.

It was great catching up, making plans for the winter months, and talking about Eric’s return to DC in February.

Liz can’t wait to have her man back!! We all miss Eric a lot!

Tonight’s dinner was the perfect way to end the weekend and a great way to start the week.  This week is going to be REALLY busy, but I’m looking forward to getting a lot of stuff done at work, continuing our wedding planning, and cranking out a LOT of graduate work!

Weekly Plan: October 24-30

Workout

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Plans

Monday

Off

1 egg, 1 slice turkey bacon, on sandwich thin, banana

Veggie patty on sandwich thin, small salad

Pumpkin fluff, honeycrisp apple

Dinner at Mama Ayesha’s

Dinner with Becky

Tuesday

Elliptical and Weight Lifting

Multigrain cheerios, banana

Lunch with Melanie

Pumpkin fluff, apple pear

Turkey tacos

The Biggest Loser

Wednesday

3 mile run

1 egg, 1 slice turkey bacon, slice of tomato on English muffin

Leftover turkey taco meat on salad

Pumpkin fluff, apple pear

Dinner at Cosi

Dinner with Katy and graduate work

Thursday

Elliptical and Weight Lifting

Multigrain cheerios, banana

Leftover turkey taco meat on salad

Pumpkin fluff, apple pear

Food tasting with caterer

Graduate Work

Friday

30 min run

1 egg, 1 slice turkey bacon, slice of tomato on English muffin

Leftover turkey taco meat on salad

Pumpkin fluff, apple pear

Salad @ home

Wedding Planning with Neal — visiting venue #4

Saturday

6 mile run

Oatmeal, sunflower butter, banana

Smoothie and wrap from Tropical Smoothie (post run tradition)

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Dinner at Neal’s (turkey or chicken burgers)

Long run and lots of graduate work

Sunday

Off

Multigrain cheerios, banana

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Wedding Expo at one of our venue options and lots of graduate work

This week, my goal is to continue my Get-in-Shape Checklist and to accomplish a lot on my to do list.  I am also having a GIVEAWAY on Tuesday… so stay tune for that!

Have an amazing Monday and a great start to the week!  What are your goals for this week?

Get-in-Shape Checklist

The trees are starting to change colors here in Washington, DC.

I just love walking to work and passing all of the shades of yellow, red, and orange.

Especially when I have a Starbucks in my hand!

Lets just say I was one happy girl this morning, especially with a 30 minute run under my belt.

While perusing The Knot, I found this awesome Get-in-Shape Checklist.  I LOVE how simple it is.

  • Eat 9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day
  • Exercise each day
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Take a multivitamin

Today was my first day using the checklist and I thought it was fantastic.  Eating 9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables was actually really tough.  Here’s what my day looked like…

  • Breakfast – Bowl of Special K cereal with skim milk
  • Snack – Pear
  • Lunch – Veggie patty on 2 slices of potato bread, apple, pumpkin fluff, yogurt
  • Dinner – steak tacos in corn tortillas with pico de gallo and sour cream

When all was said in done, I…

  • Ate 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables (5 out of 9 servings)
  • Ran for 30 minutes with Neal this morning
  • Drank 8 glasses of water (8 out of 8 )
  • Took multivitamin and vitamin D

Focusing on eating 9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables really impacted what I ate today.  Looking back I could have added a banana to my bowl of cereal this morning and I could have had either a salad for dinner or the vegetable fajitas.  I also need to make sure I refill my Nalgene water bottle at the start of every work day, it makes a big difference in the amount of water I consume each day.

I really like how I’m feeling, even after 1 day.  Tomorrow (Tuesday), I am going to add fruit to my breakfast, add a veggie to my lunch, and add veggies to my dinner.  With those additions, I should be able to eat my 9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables!

What’s on your get-in-shape checklist?

28 before 28

I love setting goals and creating to-do lists, so I thought creating a list of things I want to do or plan to do before turning 28 next year would be a good idea!  As I shared the other day, this is the first year that my age has really hit me.  Maybe it’s because Neal and I are getting married and we’re starting to talk more about our future, but either way I feel like I’m getting older.

Health and Fitness

1.  Meet with a nutritionist/registered dietitian
2.  Eat more fruits and veggies
3.  Cut back on sweets
4.  Reach 199 pounds!
5.  Create a weight lifting routine
6.  Continue to run after 15K and maintain ability to run 8-10 miles with ease
7.  Become a certified spin instructor

Blog

8.  Continue to develop Coffee, Cake and Cardio
9.  Redesign Coffee, Cake and Cardio
10.  Host a giveaway each month on Coffee, Cake, and Cardio

Neal and I

11.  Plan a nice date night once a month with Neal
12.  Downsize my apartment (and encourage Neal to do the same) before we move in together
13.  Move into Neal’s and my first home together!
14.  Plan our wedding and stay under budget
15.  Get married!
16.  Plan out 2012 trip to Australia
17.  Plan our 2013 trip to Europe
18.  Develop a savings plan

Personal

19.  Graduate from Kansas State University with my masters degree
20.  Take tap dance classes
21.  Finish my high school scrapbook
22.  Learn how to knit hats
23.  Plan a girls weekend
24.  Recover all of my photos and documents from my old laptop
25.  Save and organize all digital photos in one, safe place
26.  Buy and iPhone
27.  Read 4 non graduate school related books
28.  Pursue coaching discus and shot-put at a local high school

Here’s to another great year!

27 Accomplishments in 27 Years

Here’s a look at some of my accomplishments from my first 27 years of life…

1984 — Drank a lot of breast milk

1985 — If only I wore a pedometer, I was a walking queen

1986 —  I enjoyed my last year as the only child in my family.  So glad I have my sibs now though!

1987 —  Fell in love with My Little Ponies and learned how much I hate peach oatmeal.

1988 —  I learned how to give my stuffed animals hair cuts.

1989 —  I learned how to cut my own bangs.

1990 —  I watched ET, Dirty Dancing, and the Indian Jones Trilogy more that year than I have my entire life.

1991 —  I became a fashionista

1992 — If I remember correctly, I rocked the house collecting earth worms for a science project worm farm.

1993 —  I learned that stealing Troll stickers from your classmates backpacks is bad.

1994 —  I won the 25 meter dash at the school Olympics.  I was kinda a big deal in the 4th grade.

1995 —  I had my first real crush (Ely) and my first real rejection.  Makes me laugh now.  Giving him a pack of gum and love note was a bad idea.

1996 —  I sold a heck of a lot of Girl Scout cookies!  I was the cookie selling queen in my neighborhood.

1997 — I made the cheerleading squad

1998 —  I made the cheerleading squad

1999 —  I fell in love with the discus throw

2000 —  I began to read and study the bible and understand the scriptures.

2001 —  I’m pretty sure all of my sick days that year were just excuses to stay home and watch “A Baby Story” and “A Wedding Story”.  OH and I got my first job at Baskin Robbins.

2002 — Won 1st place at the Texas Women’s Powerlifting State Championship, graduate from High School, and Started my first year as a collegiate student-athlete in track and field.

2003 —  I learned that tapping on a window to upset a bee hive is a bad idea when you’re a strong woman.  I have a scar on my hand to prove it.

2004 —  I transferred to George Mason and fell in love with the hammer throw

2005 —  I moved into my first dorm as a senior in college and loved every minute of it!

2006 — Graduated from college and accepted my first job at Dartmouth College.

2007 — Lost 50 pounds

2008 — Traveled to Europe to visit friends in Germany and family in England, a trip I will never regret.

2009 — Met the man of my dreams and started graduate school.

2010 —  Ran the Country Music Half Marathon with TEAM in Training

2011 —  Started blogging!

I’ve lived a pretty fun life so far.  I have a wonderful family, a loving and supportive boyfriend, an amazing career, hobbies I love, and hopefully a lot of year ahead of me.  Here’s to having lived 27 years!!  Turning 27 is going to rock the house on Sunday.

Happy Friday… Sadly I have the cold Neal had but at least it’s almost the weekend!  I hope y’all have a great day!