Cheat Day Recovery (Day 49)

I always find that I’m not hungry the day after cheat day. Today I haven’t felt sick, as has been the case with previous Sundays, but I’m shocked at how little I’ve eaten without feeling deprived at ALL.

Climbing tomorrow!

My boyfriend brought me breakfast in bed! So sweet. Eggs and turkey bacon (Breakfast).

Two chicken thighs, lentils, and steamed vegetables (Dinner).

One serving of jello (Snack).

Totals Day 50

Until tomorrow,


Belated Cheat Day Post (Day 48)

Sorry for the late post today, guys. I got really slackerish because I was having so much fun yesterday! Pics from my camera and from online (I know, I cheated).

Breakfast omelette with black beans, salsa, and bacon (Breakfast).
Mandatory grapefruit juice.
Thin Mints Girls Scout cookies (I love these!!).
Java Club at Java Monkey (Lunch).
A heaping scoop of raw cookie dough (don’t judge…).
Small bag of popcorn for a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows viewing
Taco Bell soft taco (Dinner).
A coconut rum and coke (party drink).

Until later today,

Measurements Before Binge (Day 48)

Age: 21
Weight: 126.6 Down 2.8lbs
Height: 5’1″
Body Fat: 29.14% Down .66%
BMI: 23.92 Down .48
Neck: 11.75″ Down .25″
Right Upper Arm: 11″ Up .125″
Left Upper Arm: 10.75″ Up .125″
Waist: 28.75″ Down .25″
Around Belly Button: 34″ Down 1.25″
Hips: 36.5″ Down .5″
Right Leg: 18.5″ Same
Left Leg: 18″ Same

Total inches lost this week: 2″
Overall inch loss: 12.725″
Overall weight lost: 10.4lbs
Overall body fat % lost: 6.08%

Guys, I lost 10lbs!! That was my first weight-loss goal! I’m so, so freaking excited. I’m not worried about the gains in my arms because I’ve been climbing a lot. Time to celebrate properly with cheat day :D.

Girls’ Night In (Day 47)

Sorry for the late and brief post tonight. I just got back from a girls’ night in. It was really nice because the hostess (who writes 50lbordietrying) insisted that people bring paleo-accepted foods (aka slow carb!) and gluten free products. That way, I didn’t have that hard a time turning down food that I couldn’t eat!

On a non-diet related note, I watched Hot Fuzz for the first time at this event. If you have not seen this movie, go! go! go! It’s soo good!


Bacon and eggs (Breakfast).

Taco Salad (Lunch).

Lentils and Stir Fry (Dinner).

Veggies at Girls' Night (A Frequently Refilled Snack Plate).

Until tomorrow (WHICH IS CHEAT DAY!!)

Feeling Badass (Day 46)

I’m somehow feeling sleepy but energized, probably because I just finished climbing. I’m pretty proud of myself: I did a 5.6, four 5.8’s, and two 5.8+’s. Who’s a badass? I’m a badass.

Actually in general I’ve been feeling pretty great about myself. Atlanta has been warm this past week, so I’ve broken out some slimmer-fitting shirts so that my curves can be accentuated. I think I can finally really tell that I’ve lost weight, and I’ve mentioned earlier I’m pretty excited for Saturday’s weigh-in (excited for a weigh-in, what?).

Speaking of Saturday, cheat day, I have some plans. I’m going to eat lunch at Java Monkey, finally see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, eat some marvelous popcorn, and then attend a going-away party for one of my friends. The only food that I’ve really been craving are Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies. Some girls at my college have major connections that I need to take advantage of.


Ridiculous but adorable breakfast that my boyfriend made me (Breakfast).

Salad (Lunch).

Stir Fry and Lentils (Dinner).

Jello (Snack).

Totals Day 46

Until tomorrow,

I WILL Fit Into This Dress (Day 45)

For those of you who have been with me since the beginning (thank you!!), you might remember this purchase: the Lilly Pulitzer “Franco” Prep Green Dress.

The Pretty Dress

I, however, have yet to wear this dress. It’s been sitting, lonely, in the depths of my closet, waiting for someone to wear her. I haven’t even clipped the tag yet!

The dress I have never worn, tag included.

Why did I buy a dress back in January and still haven’t worn it yet (besides the obvious fact that it’s a sundress)? It’s a size four. I am currently a size six. That means that this dress, my dress, is a goal dress. Like people work towards fitting in to their old favorite jeans or aim to lift 200lbs, I want to fit into this article of clothing by the end of the semester. It’s entirely doable.

So blogosphere, meet Goal Dress. I will try her on when my waist is below 27″ and my hips are below 35″. This is entirely doable.

Food today was good.

Egg whites and faux mashed potatoes (Breakfast).

Chicken breast and salad (Lunch).

Taco salad and two chicken thighs (Dinner).

Totals Day 45

Until tomorrow,

Holy Guacamole: Cannoli! (Day 44)


This is the temptation I had to face today when I entered my school’s leadership program this afternoon. Stacks upon stacks of uneaten, delicious cannoli. The photo is of my friend’s cannoli, who said that it was two heavy and sweet for her to eat. That meant that it just sat on the table, wafting into my nose and beckoning to me as I had to wait for the program to end.

I know, first world problems, right? The temptation was killing me, but I managed to make it through. Go me!

Beans, eggs, and bacon (Breakfast).

Tim Ferriss Stir Fry (Leftovers, Lunch).

Shrimp stir fry (Dinner).


Jello (Snack).

Until tomorrow,

Addicted (Day 43)

Wednesday will be a big day for me. It’s my deadline to finish my college’s Writers’ Festival magazine design. For anyone who’s an artist, I have nine prints to finish. I’m not working alone though; though I’m the “art director,” I’m also working with a collager, photographer, and two people who are very good at InDesign.

Despite working with an amazing team, I am slammed with a lot of work. This afternoon, after spending much of yesterday and today on the project, I told myself to stop, take a deep breath, and take some time to myself. I’m going to meet Wednesday’s deadline come hail or hellfire, and I’m willing to sacrifice two hours of sleep for a little me-time.

Amazingly, me-time didn’t include vegging on the couch, sitting and drawing, or writing. Instead, I headed out to the gym to climb, an activity that I normally save for Fridays.

Get the title yet?

More importantly, I am choosing to exercise as a form of relaxation. As a student, it can be super tempting after a long day to just melt into the office chair, waiting for homework to go away or for someone to call to go out. Not tonight.

Tonight, I climbed for myself, for fun. I’m hoping that the emphasis on physical activity in my life will continue!

For the climbing geeks out there, I’m actually very proud of myself. I did four full runs including a warm-up, three of which were 5.8s (I had been struggling since I’m just getting back into climbing)! I have two runs that I couldn’t get in addition to the four—one is a 5.8, and the other is a 5.8+. I’m looking forward to Thursday, the next time Im climbing, to try again!


Beans, bacon, and hard boiled eggs (Breakfast).

Super-healthy salad (Lunch).

Tim Ferriss Stir Fry... ugh, last day in a row on this one!! (Dinner).

Totals day 43

Until tomorrow,


Cheat Day vs Normal Day (Days 41-42)

As most Saturdays go, I ate a lot of junk, hung out with friends, and drank a little towards the end of the day. Now fully recovered (it being the END of Sunday, the END of the weekend, and the BEGINNING of the long, long workweek), I am ready to reveal the heart attack’s worth of food I had during cheat day.

Observe, careful reader:

Cheat day breakfast. Pretty standard.

Not-cheat day breakfast (I only had four of those eggs).

Mandatory Grapefruit Juice (Cheat day).

.5 Cinnamon Auntie Anne's Pretzel (Cheat Day).

Lemon-infused water (Cheat day).

Garlic Bread and Olive Oil (Cheat Day).

An (almost finished) plate of four-cheese pasta! (Cheat Day).

3 Slices of Bologna (Not-Cheat Day).

Six oreos (Cheat Day).

Two big scoops of cookie dough (Cheat Day).

One death cookie (Chocolate Chip Cookie with Oreo Inside) (Cheat Day).

Tim Ferris Stir-Fry (Not-Cheat Day).

.5LB Ahi Tuna and Riesling (Cheat Day).

Five Pickle Spears (Not-Cheat Day).

Get ready for it…

Not-cheat day totals:

Not Cheat-Day Totals

Cheat day totals:

Cheat day totals

*Shudders* I can’t believe that I ate that much yesterday! 344 carbs? Ewww…

There are some pretty significant lifestyle differences between cheat day and normal days. On cheat days, the food tracks were I go, and everything revolves around planning food, eating, and getting as much in as possible. On normal days, what I eat doesn’t depend on where I go. It’s pretty similar day-to-day.

Ironically, I lost a little bit when I stepped on the scale this morning. Hooray for squats and Tim Ferriss’s magic? Only next Saturday will tell!

Until tomorrow,

Measurements Before Binge (Day 41)

Age: 21
Weight: 129.4 Down .6lbs
Height: 5’1″
Body Fat: 29.80% Up .49%
BMI: 24.4 Down .2
Neck: 12″ Down .125″
Right Upper Arm: 10.875″ Same
Left Upper Arm: 10.625″ Up .125″
Waist: 29″ Down .25″
Around Belly Button: 35.25″ Down .125″
Hips: 37″ Up .5″
Right Leg: 18.5″ Up .5″
Left Leg: 18″ Same

Total inches gained this week: .625″
Overall inch loss: 10.725″
Overall weight lost: 7.6lbs
Overall body fat % lost: 5.42%

Considering I started my monthly today, I’m not at all upset with these numbers… minus my body fat going up. My guess is that the calculation was reacting to gaining .5″ in my hips, which is (hopefully) all water weight.

I’m off to celebrate belated Valentine’s Day! Happy cheat day, ya’ll!