First and Ten

October 12, 2010

Team Bunny BusOk, we found a bus. Team Bunny is on the move!

Here’s the situation:

Bunny has ten days before her doctor appointment where the Carb-Hating Doctor is going to weigh her. The doctor, as you may recall, has used some pretty sneaky tactics to guilt Bunny into losing some weight before this appointment. Guilt, basically. She’s made it clear that she personally will be sad and disappointed if Bunny hasn’t lost a few pounds.

Ten days, ten yards. Let’s see if Bunny can make a first down.

Here’s the play call for the next three days–Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Breakfast:

A Bunny breakfast shake. This consists of:

  • unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • natural peanut butter
  • chocolate whey protein powder
  • a banana
  • ground flaxseed.

This shake, by the way, complies with a lot of The Nutrition Diva’s tips on how to make the perfect smoothie. And Bunny likes it.

Lunch:

A Luna protein bar. Not a perfect lunch, but not bad. At least it provides protein and some vitamins. Easy, tasty, quick, and leaves time for a walk at lunch.

Dinner:

A turkey sandwich with whole wheat bread, avocado, and lots of tomatoes. Mustard, no mayo. More tomatoes on the side, with a touch of olive oil. Not a traditional dinner meal, but it’s easy, and it provides protein, whole grains, healthy fat. And, again, Bunny likes it. She also doesn’t have to cook it. She likes that, too.

Snacks:

A piece of fruit, string cheese, one Skinny Cow chocolate truffle bar.

No-nos:

Sugar, chips, guacamole, alcohol. Chips and guacamole are a danger because today is Taco Tuesday at the cantina across the street from the office, and sometimes chips happen. We want Bunny to avoid this for the next few a days. As for alcohol, Bunny wouldn’t likely even think about it on a weeknight, but we’re putting it on the list just in case.

Water:

Three of those big SmartWater bottles each day.

Exercise:

Bunny is to do ten minutes of stretching exercises every day, and take a walk every day at lunch.

So that’s the plan.

Bunny is not allowed to change the play at the line of scrimmage. (She can’t be trusted to call her own audible.) Any variances (for example, if the boss wants to go out to lunch) must be submitted to the Offensive Coordinator (your humble bloggers) before any changes are made.

Let’s see how Bunny does.

Odds and Ends

January 19, 2010

Chipping away at that little weight gain on her last Weight Watchers visit, Bunny lost 1.2 lbs this week.  She’s still keeping her food diary…most of the time.

The Nutrition Diva has recently been discussing topics close to Bunny’s situation. This one is called Why We Overeat? It talks about how visual and environmental cues affect weight loss, and the simple fact that hunger often has nothing to do with eating.

The Nutrition Diva also talks about low-carb diets. Buff lost nearly 200 lbs. on a low-carb diet, and Bunny lost a boatload as well, but she moved away from it because she just didn’t think it was a great idea never to eat fruit.

Bunny likes fruit.

She found a nutritionist who worked fruit into her diet. She was successful for a while, and then the nutritionist inadvertently disturbed the restful repose of Bunny’s eating monster. Blink, size 20.

She doesn’t like fruit THAT much.

Anyway, the Nutition Diva has another one about how much protein you should eat. Bunny always wonders about that as she scoops whey protein powder into her morning shake.

Finally, the Diva references a book called Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink that sounds interesting. More reading for us to do.

OK, enough free plugs for Quick and Dirty Tips. We found a couple of blog posts that provide particularly cogent advice.

Our friends at CrankyFitness posted a great article on willpower, which in turn referred us to a post at Escape from Obesity about split-second decisions.

Bunny enjoyed these posts, and more importantly, felt motivated by them.

Anybody who motivates Bunny is OK in our book.

“Light” Reading

September 6, 2009

Light ReadingWhile waiting for Bunny’s buns to shrink (and the alarm should go off any minute now), we recommend the following to those who are interested in weight loss and healthy eating.

Cranky Fitness: Your Guide to Health, Fitness, Nutrition, Personal Development, and Whining approaches the topic from the perspective that the process is no fun, but let’s have fun anyway. The site is extremely entertaining, provides good information, and it’s nice to know that others are as enthusiastic about having to lose weight and get healthy as Bunny is.

For more good reading on this topic, check out these two posts on the CrankyFitness Blog: Weight Loss Blogs: Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names and Readers’ Choice: Best Weight Loss Blogs.

The Nutrition Diva: Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous is the companion website to a podcast we follow. These are the same people who do the popular Grammar Girl podcast. Monica Reinagel, a nutritionist, addresses all kinds of food-related topics, analyses dietary fads and helps keep us on the path to righteousness without being boring.