Friday, November 19, 2010

Hot 100 Update Week whatever

Update time for the Hot 100.  I had a good week.  Probably the best I've had in over 6 months.  My goals for the week were:
1. No bingeing.  Done 100%.
2. Track every thing I eat.  DONE 100%.
3. Limit calories to 1870/day.  Done 90%.   I had a couple days in the low 1900s, which sounds like a lot, but it's less than I usually consume in a single binge.  I do an official weigh in Sunday, but I've dropped a bit.
4. Drink at least 98 oz water daily.  Done 100%.  Most days I drank more.  The path I've worn between myself and every bathroom in the periphery of wherever I've been is proof.  Also my interrupted sleep :(.  Gotta work on that.
Bonus Goal: Though I didn't include exercise as a goal this week, I got in  30-60 minutes 6 out of 7 days.
Boy, was I looking forward to writing this post today!  After last week's debacle, this feels non-calorically SWEET!

The upcoming Food Extravaganza of this coming week is looming large in my mind.  I don't want to blow it by abandoning myself and my intentions just to shovel in mass quantities.  I'm glad I had a really good week, because I've gained some ground on my own behalf and don't want to have to lose back the couple pounds I may find I've lost at the WI Sunday. 

Recall my sadness about not having a bigger group this year for will just be 3 of us, and while we received several invites and thoughts popped up to invite "orphans" from AA whose families are far away, as I often do; something kept me declining the offers and the thoughts in favor of just nesting with my guys.  Now I absolutely believe I was being gently led by my inner voice, Higher Power, God or whatever you want to call it.  Because I know my chances of not diving headfirst into vats of gravy and cheesey butter laden casseroles are much higher now.

I talked to Hubby and son and asked them which of the usual dishes I prepare (most literally only on holidays) could they not live without.  Both had turkey as numero uno.  Heck - turkey was the baseline, they had 2 apart from that.  Son said mashed potatoes and "real" homemade gravy.  Hubby said the broccoli casserole that makes 2 appearances per year only given its decadence.  So - that's it, plus cranberry relish that I will try to sugar-down (just cranberries, oranges, and sugar, and yes, I might use at least half Splenda and not tell anyone).  Haven't decided on dessert - both love any pie.  So do I - so we'll see or perhaps one of you guys has a suggestion for something not too decadent?  Hey - maybe I could do a crustless pumpkin pie ala crustless quiches I've been getting into.  With non-fat evaporated milk?  WOOT!

Hottie Goals for the week:
1. Continue writing everything down I eat.  Even the TG meal since we'll be home and it won't be weird.
2. Today and tomorrow - 1500 calories / day.  If I can manage it, I will keep it for each day through Wednesday.  If I'm dying from starvation (HA!) I'll just back to 1800 for Su-Wed.  No calorie counting TG, just writing down food and relative amounts.
3. Water - same.
4. Exercise - 30 minutes 6 of 7.

May I be as happy posting my Hottie update next Friday as I am this week!


  1. How about this Leslie?


    1 small box fat free, sugar free instant vanilla pudding
    1 1/2 cups skim milk
    1 cup canned pumpkin
    1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    1 cup light Cool Whip

    Calories: 122.3
    Total Fat: 2.7 g
    Cholesterol: 2.3 mg
    Sodium: 395.8 mg
    Total Carbs: 20.5 g
    Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
    Protein: 4.3 g

    Makes 4 really generous servings! It's like a light creamy pumpkin pie with no crust.

  2. I would give Helen's recipe a thumbs up- it is delicious ! We are moving into a different style of eating, and it is opening up a lot of possibilities for our own small Thanksgiving. Turkey for sure, cranberry relish made from one of a million possibilities, roast root veggies that include parsnips, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and more, stuffing made from soaked grain cornbread and wheat bred, and real legitimate home made pumpkin( with heavy cream and sugar) ice cream . You have a very good idea about including "orphans" to your home- I had looked into the option here but it seems that I cannot find any. So small turkey, here we come !

  3. Congratulations on your stellar week!

  4. So glad you had such a great week heading into Thanksgiving!! You will do great.

    Yep - just four of us for Thanksgiving - so weird not to have a big group over, but secretly I am thrilled! :D

  5. Great on the goals! I have a crustless pumpkin pie that I posted a few days ago with ALL Splenda that doesn't taste like it's all splenda. It's good! Go with half splenda in the other dishes. They'll never notice! I've served it to my friend who claims to "taste splenda in things" and she doesn't taste it at all.

  6. Glad you had such a great week! Success feels so good, and the old saying, "success breeds success" is so true. I'm also thinking ahead to Thursday, and I think I'm going to try Helen's pumpkin mousse pie.

    I think your smaller group may be a blessing in disguise. We're small this year, too, and I know it will be easier that way, in terms of diet. Take care...

  7. Woo hoo!!!!! I almost sent you an email last night before I ate something I knew I should not have eaten. I did well most of the week but yesterday I certainly swayed in the wrong direction.

  8. Wow girl!!!! I know writing this post felt DAMN GOOD!!!! I'm hoping to write one like this on Sunday after I weigh ;) Just gotta' get through tonight and tomorrow and I'm golden. :) I say go with that pumpkin mousse up just can't beat that calorie count! :)

  9. Hi Leslie! I'm a Leslie, too. I've been following you on Google Reader but have never commented. I just wanted to delurk and tell you you are doing a great job this week! I binge as well and I know how tough it is to stop once you've started. Congratulations on your success!

  10. Great job on the goals this week. You sound so excited and up beat about the whole health scene this week. Love it!

  11. Way to go on all the goals. Love it! You sound super motivated. You'll do just fine with the Thanksgiving feast. I was super worried about myself last year for Thanksgiving and it wasn't nearly as difficult as I built up in my mind. You can do it! :)

  12. WOOOHOOOOOO, YOU!!!!!!!! What a wonderful update! :D congratulations!

    Your update gave me hope. :D


  13. AWESOME JOB Leslie! You did great this week. Keep it up. Here is a recipe for sweet potato pie that I love.


    2 medium sized sweet potatoes(easiest to just peel, then boil them whole)

    Pet ritz deep dish frozen pie crust (9 inch) 1/2 cup

    egg whites (I used refrigerated kind)

    1/2 cup fat free evaporated milk

    1/2 cup sugar free maple syrup

    1 tsp nutmeg

    2 tsp cinnamon

    10 packets of Splenda Feel free to adjust the Splenda, nutmeg & cinnamon to your liking.

    Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients til well blended. I hand mixed 1st then put it into a blender & blended for about a minute til smooth. Pour filling into frozen pie crust. Bake for about 40 mins. It'll look puffed up when u first take it out of the oven, but settles once cool. It's best to cool in the fridge for a few hours. Top with fat free or light cool whip & voila! A low calorie alternative to a holiday pie standard! Makes 8 slices. Each slice is 3 pts. A slice of a typical sweet potato pie is 9 pts!

  14. Great job!!

    I think a crustless pumpkin pie would be fine. The crust is really what packs in the calories in pie. You can serve some crushed gingersnaps on top for those that want the crunch.

  15. Leslie, sounds great. I'm happy that you had such a great week and that so many things that had been difficult took care of themselves easily for you!

  16. Woot! Look at you Leslie! Great job!

    ~South Beach Steve