Smooth-ie Operator

Friday, May 30, 2008

If you've been here before, you know I hate my body. And you know one of the items on my To Do If I'm Going to Have Another Baby list is lose weight. At least 10 pounds. If you haven't been here before, Welcome! And you can catch up here and here.

If I had the money I'd go to LA Weightloss or maybe Weight Watchers. But I don't so I'm still fat and have no one to blame but me.

Well, last week, I finally decided to take action with my weight instead of whining and then stuffing my face. Since last Monday, I've been making smoothies in the morning as my brunch, then really cracking down on snacking (hey, that rhymes!) during the day.

I'm trying to copy the new Breakfast Meals at Jamba Juice. Theirs are super thick and need to be eaten with a spoon. So far I haven't been able to match their consistency but mine are still tasty.

My hope was that the smoothie would keep me full all day and I would only need something small to keep me until an early dinner. I wasn't smart enough to weigh or measure myself before starting (duh!) but it's probably a good thing because Memorial Day weekend was a complete bust. Hubby made ribs and potatoes with bacon and cheese... SO good!

Anyway, this past Sunday, I had hubby break out the measuring tape and I
stepped on the scale for the first time in ages:
Weight: 147

Waist: 30"

Hips: 37"

Ugh! I can say this isn't the heaviest I've ever been but that doesn't make me feel any better. I went to Jamba yesterday and got one of their 16 ounce meals instead of making my own since I happened to be in the area.
I asked about the consistency problem and their advice was to pulse, not blend so I tried it today.

In my smoothies are bananas, strawberries*, peanut butter, soy milk, yogurt (but not today because DS ate the last container yesterday), flax seed oil (because I don't eat seafood), my daily multi vitamin and granola.

I have a blender, but use my Magic Bullet because it's faster and the cleanup is easier, but might switch to the blender for a true pulse setting.

I started out great, thinking I had all the liquid to solids ratios correct. It was looking thick and spoon worthy until I added some fresh strawberries that weren't going to make it through the weekend.

Then I figured "what the heck" and threw in another banana and some blueberries that were starting to look like rabbit poop (I won't eat blueberries unless they are blended).

I use the biggest plastic mug we have, which when filled to the brim holds just shy of 24 ounces. I've done better this week, especially with the snacking, but still have a ways to go.

I'll weigh in on Sunday to see if there has been any change. If not, I'll have to come up with Plan B because dammit I'm hungry!

Anyone else on a weight loss journey? What's worked for you? Or better, what hasn't?

*Note: I cut up strawberries and bananas that are starting to turn and freeze them so they don't go to waste. If I don't have any left I'll use fresh fruit and the "backup" bag of mixed frozen tropical fruit from Costco. I also don't measure anything, sorry! No kickbacks from any of the companies shown, though if the folks at Jamba are lurking I'm more than happy to take the 21 Day Breakfast Challenge! ;^)


  1. you know what worked for me? eating a healthy, low-fat diet and exercising 5-6 days/wk. it's the only surefire way to get it done.

    i have been told that i am "different"; however, in that i don't want a workout buddy, i don't want to follow a 'regime', or someone else's version of what works for me. i needed to do it ALL BY MYSELF.
    i understand that many enjoy having a workout partner or trainer, or to follow a plan though.

    just not for me! ;)

  2. Ohhh....good luck! I'll be checking back to see how you are doing! Love smoothies!

  3. I make a smoothie from The Fat Flush Diet book and it uses Whey Protein. The protein is supposed to be key. I'm still not losing weight but that's because I eat other crap.

    I'm a total stress eater and have gained 20 lbs. since my sister died in January. Any day now the scale will start moving in the other direction. At least I'm getting in an hour a day walk.

  4. MofFM- I wish I had your stick to it-iveness. I'd rather be with someone when I'm out walking. Otherwise I'm bored.

    Jenn- I've heard good things about whey. I'm with you though, if I could just do better at dinnertime (don't even ask what we had tonight!)

    Thanks for the encouragement ladies!

  5. I'm always on a weight loss journey. I would like to lose some weight before I gain baby weight, but I love to snack. I might try smoothies though if they work for you.

  6. Very brave of you to chronicle the journey here. I find that if I put it out there into Blog World, it holds me more accountable. I love the sound of your smoothie. Good job. If you tried Jamba's every day you might go broke (or I would).

    Good luck. Let us know how it goes...

  7. Thanks Jamie! Between the cost of the Jamba and the gas to get there, I think I'd be spending roughly $6.75 a day. Not gonna' happen!


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