SASS Fast Forward Recap & Weekly Weigh In

Hello everyone.  How are you doing in your first week of resolutions!?  I completed my SASS 5-day Fast Forward phase.  It was not nearly as hard as my previous attempts, perhaps because I was distracted and busy most of the time.  I ended up losing 8 pounds and feel totally de-bloated and ready to start the new phase.  Here’s my weekly weigh-in:


Starting Weight:   137 pounds (December 30, 2012)

Current Weight:  130 pounds (January 5, 2012)

My Goal:   125 pounds

Deadline:  April 1, 2013


Today started out great – its very exciting to return to regular food after detox.  My meals are below, as recorded in my food journal on   Although SASS does not preach calorie-counting, I really like the MyFitnessPal app because it not only counts everything I eat, but also negates what I burn through workouts.  Which is great when I see that I’ve overeaten and can fix it by doing a little cardio, even if just walking up and down my stairs at home for 20 minutes like I did today!  When I’m very focused on losing weight, my tendency is to cut too many calories, especially on hard workout days, which can totally backfire and lead to a binge.  Does anyone else use an online food journal?  If you also use MyFitnessPal, feel free to friend me @ Turtle177.

For those in the weight loss competition / jewelry giveaway, be sure and check in weekly!  I’d love to hear how you’re doing, what’s working for you, what tools you use, or anything else you want to share.  Have a great weekend…

Breakfast Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Gnc – Be-Wholesome – Health and Beauty Vitapak (All Pills), 8 Capsules 15 0 2 0 Ico_delete
Bolthouse Farms – 100% Carrot Juice, 8 fl. oz. 70 14 0 1 Ico_delete
Homemade – 100% Whole Wheat Pancakes, 4 medium pancakes 214 36 5 9 Ico_delete
Blueberries – Raw, 0.25 cup 21 5 0 0 Ico_delete
Mrs Butterworth’s – Sugar Free Low Calorie Syrup, 1/4 cup 20 8 0 0 Ico_delete
  340 63 7 10
Red Lobster – Coconut Shrimp (Each), 1 container (5 eaches ea.) 450 29 30 15 Ico_delete
  450 29 30 15
Perdue Simply Smart – Lightly Breaded Chicken Chunks, 3 oz 140 6 5 17 Ico_delete
Sweet Baby Ray’s – Bbq Sauce, Original, 1 Tbsp 35 9 0 0 Ico_delete
Homemade Lowfat Macaroni and Cheese – Macaroni and Cheese, 0.5 cup cooked 181 22 5 9 Ico_delete
Pictsweet Frozen or Fresh – Edamame (Steamed) With Sea Salt, 0.25 carton 28 3 1 2 Ico_delete
  384 40 11 28
Fresh Fruit – Honey Crisp Apple (Net Carbs), 77 g (1 medium) 40 11 0 0 Ico_delete
Chex Mix, General Mills – Chex Mix, Original, 1/4 cup (29g) 60 10 2 1 Ico_delete
Godiva Chocolatier – 72% Cacao – Dark Chocolate With Almonds, 1 blocks 60 4 5 1 Ico_delete
  160 25 7 2
Totals 1,334 157 55 55
Your Daily Goal 1,335 183 44 49
Remaining 1 26 -11 -6
Calories Carbs Fat Protein


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Weekly Summary

16 days to go until Hawaii!


Starting Weight:  144 pounds  (December 31, 2010)

Current Weight:  133 pounds 

Total Weight Loss:  11 pounds

Goal Weight:  130 pounds… almost there!



Howdy everyone.  Home on vacation today, so what to do?  Well, I woke up as usual at 5am, but laid there another couple of hours before getting up.  I can never sleep after waking up though.  Had a nice, Cinch-approved breakfast: 2 eggs, small bowl of low-fat granola with cherries, and a small cup of carrot juice.  Then I relaxed and read another few chapters of The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (excellent book).  After that, my husband I went for a 30-mile bike ride on the country roads near our home.  It sounds like a lot, but it’s really not that bad, and the beautiful scenery is a great distraction, although I really wish people would respect the local leash law (got chased by several dogs).  We’re in full-training mode for our 300-mile / 3-day charity ride in July. 

So now we’re headed to my parents’ for a long weekend.  I’m a little nervous because I tend to eat a lot when we visit family.  I think it must be psychological, because I notice that I tend to be really hungry whenever I visit anyone.  Probably years of good memories around food.  But it’s only 2 more weeks until we leave for Hawaii, so I can’t afford any more cheat meals!  As I discussed in Tuesday’s blog, I had a greasy, sugary cheat meal on Monday and as expected, it made me crave more all week!  I resisted, for the most part, but it was not my best week and did not lose any more weight.  (My husband is looking over my shoulder and rubbing it in that even after his french fry bonanza last weekend and several big cheeseburger meals, he’s still down 2 pounds this week… men have it much easier!!)  So I’ve prepared for the weekend by stashing some Seapoint Farms Dry-Roasted Edamame and Raisins in my purse for hunger emergencies.  I LOVE these edamame – they remind me of peanuts, but without the fat and salt!  Tasty and very good for you – it’s no wonder they call Soybeans “the wonder veggie”.

So here’s to sticking to my diet over the weekend!  Adios…

MacGyver Meals, Part 2

First off, I did decide to weigh-in this morning afterall, and was thrilled that I met my goal of 136 pounds.  At this point, I imagine that the weight loss will be pretty slow since I’m down to the last 10 pounds, so my new goal will be 1 pound per week.  I’ve also decided to do the next Cinch Detox the week of March 7.  I have a wedding to attend that Saturday (March 12) and I’d love to wear a dress that has always been a tad tight.


Starting Weight:   144 pounds  (December 28, 2010)

Current Weight:   136 pounds  (February 25, 2011)

Total Loss:   8 pounds

Next Week’s Goal:   135 pounds (March 4, 2011)


I’m on a role with my creative recipes (aka “MacGyver Meals”) this week!  I made the Crabacado Tacos last night and they were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  And even better, it helped me use up some random ingredients I needed to get rid of.  The only thing I’d change is next time I’ll use a wheat flour tortilla instead of corn.  I just don’t like the strong taste of a corn tortilla – kind of overpowers the other ingredients.  I think I’ll even suggest these to our [Ruby Tuesday] Executive Chef as a possible dish for our restaurants since we have all of these ingredients in-house.

  1. 2 taco-size whole wheat flour tortillas
  2. 2 oz crab meat (I used Ruby Tuesday jumbo lump – leftover from a food show)
  3. 1/4 avocado, chopped
  4. 1/4 cup red cabbage, chopped
  5. Lime wedge / splash of lime juice
  6. 2 Tbs pina colada sauce (mine is leftover from Red Lobster, but you could also make your own.)


Since I had most of the can of crab leftover, and also a bunch of frozen asparagus (more Ruby Tuesday food show leftovers), I found a recipe for Asparagus Crab AuGratin.  I prepped everything last night and plan to bake it and try it out tonight.  I forgot to take a picture of the ingredients, but you can go to the recipe by clicking on the below picture.  I made it as directed except I used low-fat cheese, whole wheat flour, and omitted the butter in the last step.  Looks yummy – we’ll see if it tastes as good as it looks tonight.

I also made some more Sugar-Free Coconut Brownies (click here for the recipe from my January 31 post), and I swear they are the most delectable brownies I have ever had!  I know they would not be deemed “healthy”, but I’d rather have my 100-calories of daily chocolate in the form of a brownie!  They have no sugar and the fat is all healthy coconut oil fat, so they’re really not that bad for you.  I debated trying to make the mix from scratch rather than use a mix, but let’s be honest, Pillsbury really does do it better than I can…

Last Day of Detox Do Over!

Last day of detox and these 5 days have truly been a cinch!  I was back down to my previous post-detox weight this morning and slipped into my six-month-old-but-never-worn “skinny” jeans  – woohoo!!  I also took about 20 minutes last night to pick out my recipes for the weekend and also next week and go ahead and log them in my menu so there’s no thinking (i.e. temptation) involved in meal planning:

Saturday & Sunday  
Meal Plan Time
Fruity waffle sundaes (shape mag) 8am
Cranberry & cheese popcorn (107) 12pm
Shrimp & wild rice stuff peppers (125) 4pm
Spicy avocado tostadas (119) 8pm
1 Dove dark-chocolate  


My weight-loss goals going forward are pretty modest at 1-pound per week, given the fact that I’ve only got about 10-15 pounds to go and those “fat pounds” (contrary to water/waste weight pounds) are the hardest to lose.  Here’s this week’s weigh-in.  Where is everybody else at these days? 

Starting Weight:   144 pounds  (December 28, 2010)

Current Weight:   135 pounds  (January 21, 2011)

Total Loss:   9 pounds (mostly detox)

Next Week’s Goal:   134 pounds (January 28, 2011)

Cinch Day 8 & Weekly Weigh-In

Good morning!  First of all, I succeeded at not splurging at our office party last night!!!  Thankfully they had some healthy options, so I was able to eat and feel satisfied.  I chose the salad with a tiny drizzle of Italian dressing, big scoop of mixed veggies, small piece of salmon, and a few berries.  Here I am feeling fabulously fitter, with my husband, Bill.



Starting Weight:   144 pounds  (December 28, 2010)

Current Weight:   136 pounds  (January 8, 2011)

Total Loss:   8 pounds

Next Week’s Goal:   134 pounds (January 15, 2011)

I’m up a pound since coming off Detox, but I’m not concerned.  First, it’s normal to expect that you’ll gain a bit after adding some calories back to your diet (the extra pound is just food that’s being processed in your body, not fat), and I also just started my, um, monthly visitor.  My goal is 2 pounds for next week, and then I’ll stick to 1-pound a week after that.  For those that are in a similar weight range as me and don’t have a lot to lose, keep in mind that weight loss after detox will be slower, about 1 pound per week.  OK, so let’s move on to Day 8…


Today’s Meal Plan:

Meal Plan Time
Blackberry smoothie w/ almond toast  7am
Apple, crackers and small salad 11am
Kashi Tuscan Veggie Bake 3pm
Cheese & quinoa stuffed peppers  7pm

Today’s Workout:  5 or 6 mile run in the park  (I’m training for a 1/2 marathon in March)

I’m not doing very well this week at sticking to the book’s recipes.  I didn’t buy enough ingredients at the grocery store and haven’t had a lot of time to fix them.  I suppose I don’t have much excuse since I don’t have kids to take care of, but I’ll stock up this weekend and do better at food prep on Sunday to help me get through the week.  In the meantime, I tried to sub out items that included every food group (veggie, fruit, whole grain, protein) and was within the 300-400 calorie range. 

Breakfast was the blackberry smoothie and almond toast (the book calls for blueberry, but you can use any berry). Perhaps if I wasn’t using old freezer-burned blackberries, it would have been tastier, but I ended up adding a little agave nectar and 1/2 scoop of protein powder to make it more palatable.  The toast was really good.  I would never have thought of that for breakfast!


Lunch was Kashi’s Tuscan Veggie Bake, a tangerine, and a few almonds.  The entree was pretty good, although not as good as their Mayan Harvest, which I did a review on a while back.  The major downside to frozen lunches, even so-called healthy ones, is the salt.  This one has 29% of my daily value of salt!  But compared to a fast-food or vending-machine lunch, it’s a much better option when you’re in a hurry.