The Heart Walk Is A Success

The Heart Walk was a smashing success today!  Aside from the bonding with co-workers outside of the office, I walked the 3.1 miles with ease.  That is in sharp contrast to my last experience in a similar walk.  I was on the verge of running the 3.1 miles, but I resisted.  I will save that for next year.

I planned my eating around the Heart Walk.  I made my eggs and smoked salmon, with a little bit of cheese, before I went to the walk.  I enjoyed it on a piece of toast.  I also ate some strawberries.  During the walk, I downed a bottle of water.  After the walk ended, I got some more water.  Winn-Dixie had a booth with an abundance of fruit, so I snagged an orange, too.  In my car, I had my peanut butter granola bar.  I did not go hungry.  I planned it perfectly! is a paid affiliate of Nutrisystem, Inc.

I started this blog, because I wanted to tell a story about my body weight and the quest to lose weight.  Writing this blog has been a great tool for me to stay on track with my journey.  I am happy to share my adventure with you, in the hopes it will inspire and, possibly, motivate you (if you are also overweight). 

I have written daily since I started NutriSystem Advanced on June 16, 2008, but I have decided to make a slight adjustment.  I will continue to write entries Monday through Saturday.  There will not be a separate entry on Sundays.  Instead, Monday’s entry will consist of any successes, challenges or highlights from both Sunday and Monday.

Breakfast:  Peanut Butter Granola Bar; Fish, baked or broiled; Strawberries; Bread, whole-wheat; Morning Coffee

Morning Snack:  Egg Whites; Orange

Lunch:  Fettucini Alfredo; Lettuce, green or red leaf;  Vinegar, Balsamic (Progresso) ,15 Ml; Oil, canola, olive, peanut, safflower; Honey; Dijon Mustard (French`s)

Afternoon Snack:  Peanut Butter Cookie

Dinner:  Cheese and Spinach Ravioli with Meat Sauce; Tomato; Mandarin Oranges; Olives, black or green; Pasta, cooked al dente

Dessert:  Fudge Brownie

Drinks:  Crystal Light; water

Exercise:  Heart Walk!  3.1 miles!

Pedometer:  ?

Heart Walk Practice, Week Three

I went to the gym this morning at 7am and got on the treadmill.  I want to make sure I am ready for the Heart Walk next week.  I walked 3.1 miles (5K) in 54 minutes and 10 seconds.  It’s not the fastest time, and I won’t win any race, but I will be able to finish the walk comfortably.  I don’t expect to be in pain when it’s over either.  It will be much better than my last experience. 

I baked a caramel cake for the birthday party tonight.  It is an absolutely decadent cake.  The main ingredients are butter and sugar.  It is loaded with calories from all the fat and carbs.  I knew I would not be able to just stand by and watch others enjoy it.  I had to have a piece. is a paid affiliate of Nutrisystem, Inc.

The birthday party was at Outback Steakhouse, and I was prepared with the healthy eating information from their website.  It was fairly easy to eat from the menu with the information in hand.  I still enjoyed what they used to call the “Outback Rack”.  It’s deliciously-seasond rack of lamb.  I ate it with green beans and sweet potato with no butter, just a little salt.  I do think I had more food than I am used to eating on NutriSystem Advanced.

Breakfast:  NutriCinnamon Squares Cereal; Egg Whites; Raisins; Bread, whole-wheat; Morning Coffee

Morning Snack:  Ham, low-fat; Mandarin Oranges

Lunch:  Pasta Parmesan with Broccoli; Lettuce, green or red leaf; FF Dressing

Afternoon Snack:  Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti; Morning Coffee

Dinner:  I ate dinner at Outback Steakhouse.  I enjoyed a one-inch piece of bread without butter.  For my dinner, I had the Outback Rack of Lamb with a sweet potato (no butter, brown sugar or anything) and green beans (no butter). 

Dessert:  Caramel Cake

Drinks:  Crystal Light; water; Diet Pepsi with Lime

Exercise:  3.1 miles on the treadmill at the gym in 54 minutes 10 seconds.

Pedometer:  ?

Heart Walk Practice, Week Two

I did my second practice walk for the Heart Walk on September 27th.  It will be a breeze.  Sure, I may break a little bit of a sweat, but I will finish it with ease.  The pain of the last Heart Walk will be forgotten.  If you’d like to make a donation to the American Heart Association, please click below.  Thank you.

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After the Heart Walk, I want to do more interesting physical activities.  I’m interested in kayaking and participating in a mini-triathlon.  I determined today that I will wait until I weigh 250 pounds to kayak (I think that is the weight limit for most kayaks.).  There is a class on kayaking and then there is a tour of Peanut Island.  I think that will be awesome. is a paid affiliate of Nutrisystem, Inc.

I am going to wait until I weigh 225 pounds or less to do the mini-triathlon.  I found a couple in February 2009.  I expect to lose enough weight by then to do one of them.  I should be able to do the 400 yards of swimming, 10 miles of biking, and 2 miles of running without a problem.  I am not aiming to win the competition; I am simply challenging myself.  Someday I might want to compete, but the first step is knowing I can do it.

Breakfast:  NutriFlakes Cereal – 40% Bran Flakes; Crabmeat; Strawberries; Bread, oatmeal; Morning Coffee; Milk, skim, w/added vitamin A & D

Morning Snack:  Egg Whites; Raisins

Lunch:  Hearty Minestrone Soup; Lettuce, green or red leaf; FF Dressing

Afternoon Snack:  Cheese Puffs

Dinner:  Thin Crust Pizza with Cheese; Tomato; Mandarin Oranges; Oil, canola, olive, peanut, safflower; Sweet Potato

Dessert:  Chocolatey Nougat Bar with Peanuts and Caramel

Exercise:  walking for 3.1 miles.

Pedometer:  I think I forgot how to start it.

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