The Quest to be Fit

Tracking my journey to better health

Icy madness, and is wine killing my diet?! December 21, 2008



The freezing rain started yesterday evening, and ended up leaving about a 1/2 in coat on all of our beautiful snow 😦  Boo!  It is hard to walk in, and I fear that Lily will cut her feet on the shards of ice if we let her walk all over in it.  Chris and I cleared off an area for Lily, and you can tell she is sad she doesn’t have the run of the yard today.  She enjoyed trying to tunnel under the ice, though! And she chewed on the end of an ice coated branch for a second.  (She’s barking in her sleep now! So cute :))

When I woke up my neck was markedly better–yay!–but still a bit messed up.  After clearing the ice I had a bowl of Peace cereal with almond milk and raisins, and a few cups of coffee with sf Coffeemate Vanilla creamer.


My tum was not a happy camper this morning. I had a bad sinus headache that persisted til mid day; perhaps that was part of the problem.

There were tons of birds today, especially since Chris was kind enough to put out fresh water for them to drink.  There were tons of robins and juncos, some towhees and house sparrows, and a few house finches. Fun!

Mid-day brought hunger later on than expected, and the things that looked good to me created a snacky lunch of a Fuji apple, lf/ff cottage cheese, and Stacy’s Pita Chips.  Nom nom…the multi-textural experience was quite pleasing.


Eventually a mid afternoon snack was in order, so I had a Fuji sprinkled with a little cinnamon (why, oh why, have I not thought of this before?!), some yogurt with a few almonds and cinnamon, and a few TJ’s cinnamon flatbread pcs.  ‘Twas a cinnamon experience I greatly enjoyed 🙂 You must try the apple with cinnamon.


I was totally sad that we couldn’t go walking in the snow, and I ended up watching some TV, blogging, emailing, and reading a bit today instead.  We had a few inches more of fresh snow late this afternoon, but nothing can make all that damn ice go away.  We haven’t lost our power yet, so I wait with baited breath and flashlights for that to happen. 

Dinner was inspired by a read of my favorite cooking magazine, Gourmet:


If I had ground beef I probably would have attempted a meatball!  I opted for an easy marinara sauce:  sauteed onions, one can of Italian tomatoes, extra garlic, herbs, and some chili flakes.  I had this over whole wheat penne, and it was quite good.  I added too much pasta, tho–I had hoped to eat the whole batch of tomato sauce with just a little pasta, but mis judged when adding it in.  Oh well.  I sprinkled some oh-so-fabu canned parmesan on top.  I know, I know, but at least it is real cheese with nothing added but a few natural preservatives.


Afterward Chris and I decided to have wine, specifically a 2002 Gago red (de Espana).  I had some, walked Lily here and there, and finally had a snack a few hours later.  This was a conundrum at first–I was hoping for peanut butter, but that would have killed my wine palate for sure, and same goes for the creamy LCL I had listed as second.  Hm.  So, I went for a few white cheddar rice cakes.  Hit the spot, and low-cal.  Gotta love it.


Here’s where I had a mini lightbulb moment about wine calories and me not losing much weight.  “Could it be? Am I killing my diet by having a few glasses of wine a few times per week?!  No, say it isn’t so!”  I guess each 4 oz. glass has about 100 calories.  Damn.   So we opened our 2nd bottle of wine 😮


The last few days I’ve been rather down at times, and mostly about not seeing much progress on the weight loss front.  I do see more definition in my arms & shoulders, a reduction in cellulite (I think), my legs may be a little smaller, Chris sees a difference, and I know I’m making progress, but it just seems so small.  I need to do more intense weight training, and keep up the cardio, and perhaps then I’ll lose the 1lb/week I’m hoping for.  I really hope to go to Mexico in March and not have an embarassing body again this year.  I’m heavier than I was last year, so at least I’d like to be down 10lbs by then.  I’m trying to eat around 1500 calories per day in the hopes that most days I run a 500 calorie deficit to attempt to lose the 1lb per week.  I know that if I’m building muscle at the same time the weight loss may not be there, but, c’mon, I’ve been busting my ass and eating well for what feels like a decently good amount of time now, and I want to see my cellulite lessened more and my roll-of-shit-in-the-middle be reduced.  Hmmmph.  Okay, I’m done ranting for now.

Off I go to finish my first (and only) glass of this shiraz. 

For those of you that have had a goal of losing weight–de-lurk if you would and tell me what your weight loss experience/timing has been.  Am I eating too much bad stuff?  Am I eating too many calories?  Not enough working out?  What the fuck is up with me?  I appreciate your comments in advance.


9 Responses to “Icy madness, and is wine killing my diet?!”

  1. Katy Says:

    Love the snowy dog pics! Living in Florida, the best my puppies get is a heavy rainstorm, when they can frolic in the mud.

    As for the weight loss … it’s so tough to advise, because what worked for me might not work for you. But I kept wine in my diet as a treat, on my way to losing 40 pounds. If I worked out — I got a glass. If I avoided a binge — I got a glass. I didn’t use alcohol as a soother, which would be a problem, but I did use it to replace other, more calorie-laden treats.

    I lost my weight on Weight Watchers, so for me, it was learning portion control and avoiding high-sugar junk foods.

  2. Erin Says:

    You’re okay honey. No matter what you look like, you’ll be in Mexico having a blast and you have a wonderful dog and a man who loves you no matter what. 🙂
    I don’t drink at all because of the calories, but I definitely miss having a way to relax at night. You know how jacked-up I am.
    How is your thyroid? I really love you Kerst and I can’t wait to see you!!

  3. carolinebee Says:

    I’m kind of with Erin on the calorie thing- but it suucks cuz I like some dranks once in a while…I only do like, once or twice a week if that…but it sounds like you are going totally in the right direction, hang in there buddy!

  4. Andrea Says:

    Last year when I had a trainer, I counted my calories and all that BS and I really toned up and lost a ton of body fat. I stopped training and gained all that body fat back so I started doing what I did before. Nothing was working and then I realized that when I started training initially, I had given up alcohol for Lent. The 2nd time, I was drinking every day and including it in my calorie count but I wasn’t getting near the results I was when I wasn’t drinking at all. Now, I don’t drink every day (just binge about once a week, which I know isn’t good either) and my body is at a happy medium. You would have to try it for at least two months to see if it makes a difference.
    I’m really proud and impressed with your commitment level – it makes me want to work out more. Even Erin couldn’t do that!

  5. I think everybody is different. For me, when I starting going hardcore working out, I wasn’t seeing results either. Then bam! 10lbs gone. And then the scale stayed there for a while and then bam another 10lbs gone. I’m currently up to 25lbs gone total (and trying to keep it there but the holidays are making it rough!). I’m not a person who loses a pound or whatever per week, my body just doesn’t work that way and I had to realize that. I lose inches first and then seen pounds gone. I have cut down my drinking a lot and that’s helped. But I’m not giving up wine! I still drink it, right now more than normal (again holidays) but whatevs. It’s only for a short time. 😀

    Congrats on working so hard, it’s totally worth it!

  6. secret santa Says:

    Hi! i was just wondering if you’ve got your secret santa gift yet? if not..its on its way 🙂

  7. Kersten Says:

    Hi Secret Santa–no, I haven’t received it. But, we’re having tons of snow and I think the mail service did not come today 😦 Thanks for checking! I’ll surely mention what I receive in my blog. I’m excited!!

  8. Erin Says:

    I wanted to see what other people said so I’m back. 🙂 One thing I thought of is that you’re one of the most dedicated, hard working people I know. You finish everything you start and you’ve done things in your life that most people aren’t brave enough to do. That being said, NOTHING will stop you from reaching your goals. The only thing I can think of as being harmful is letting a negative mindset get in the way, but I don’t think that’s happening! Just remember that you have proven time and time again that you’re determined, hardworking, and 110% capable of getting results in every aspect of life! This won’t be any different!

  9. Kersten Says:

    Aw, Erin, you’re far too complimentary! Thanks for the kudos and for helping me stay positive. Love ya!

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