Day 3 of 90: 1/7 of the Way to Creating a New Habit!

It takes 21 days to create a new habit and since this is day 3, I’m 1/7 of the way there.  :O)  A bit of sarcasm there! Today was tough.  I’m sticking to roughly 1000 calories a day for 7 days to kick start my diet and then I’ll go back to eating around 1500 calories next week.  With all the walking I am doing–I’m only taking trains and buses when I absolutely am tight on time–and my low calorie diet, I have to admit I’m struggling, but I keep reminding myself of my ultimate goal.  I want this badly.  I want to change my life and be healthy, like my vegetarian husband who lost over 100lbs in one year.

Breakfast: Swiss Cheese Crepe with Mushrooms and Leeks

Lunch: Chicken with Zucchini, Roasted Peppers and Corn


Exercise: I exercised for an hour in a class in Times Square.  I also walked 4 miles today, though I really wanted to just get on a train when I was walking past the skeevy mental hospital at 27th & 1st Ave at 9PM and was asked out by two very “unique” men, one who followed me the length of Bryant Park.

Snack: I was ready for a two mile walk after this low calorie chocolate muffin.  I love how low calorie things are not nearly as filling as the real deal.  I inhaled this little cake in two seconds, but at least I got a nice chocolate fix.

Dinner: Turkey with Roasted Red Peppers, Parsley and Celery

Day 2 of 90: A Healthy Diet and Exercise

Breakfast: At 6:50AM, I had apricot pancakes and turkey bacon. I love eating at the table, listening to talk radio in the morning and having the windows open and the breeze coming in on these cool spring days.

I also drank a huge glass of ice cold water with the meal.  Putting food on pretty plates, even when it’s not convenient, makes a meal so lovely.  I think I need to buy some pretty napkins to make it even more lovely. I’m attempting to follow Mireille Guilano’s advice about eating slowly and enjoying every bite, but I have a feeling that it will be difficult to do when I am in a rush to complete work or running off to a meeting.

Lunch at 2ish: Salmon with Portabella Mushroom, Rice and Brocolli.


Exercise Session: I’m hoping to work out at least five days a week, during the week days.  This evening, I joined a session in Times Square at 5PM.  Can I just say this thing is so much fun to work out on!  It’s almost like a [redacted], but there are so many things to do with it and different [redacted] to work out on depending on your exercise level.

After class, I walked the 2.3 miles home.

Snack Time: On the go at 7PM, with the NY Public Library as background, I’m eating a banana pecan muffin.  I need to eat my two little low calorie snacks throughout the day to keep my metabolism up and my hunger low. My earlier snack was a mocha chocolate bar, but it wasn’t very good or pretty, so I didn’t think I needed a photograph of it!

Finally home for Dinner at 8:45PM:  Beef Carbonara with Wheat Noodles and Onions. And herbal tea and water. Yum!

Day 1 of 90: Snack

So, what I’m doing is what people have said to me hundreds of times: 3 meals a day and 2 snacks.  I had a bar earlier today, and right now, I’m eating a poppyseed muffin and having some chamomile tea.

Day 1 of 90: Dinner


Tonight, I had a half of a chicken breast, topped with onions and a bit of cheese, along with sweet potatoes and green beans.  I’m having my usual evening tea with lemon, except this time there is no spoonful of sugar.  My entire dinner fits on a smallish dessert plate.  It tricks my mind into thinking I’ve had a full large plate of food and I feel pretty satiated.  I must admit that since this is Day 1 and I’m eating less right now, I am feeling a slight hunger, but as my father once said, “Food tastes much better when you’re a little hungry.”

Day 1 of 90: First Day of Exercise on the Step 360

I’m very happy to say that I walked to the Metro Studios and tried out the new product for the first time today.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I can’t really reveal too much about it, except to say that it is way more fun to work out on this thing than anything I’ve ever tried. I wish I could say more, but you will know way more about this in just a few weeks!   It is fun to use this fitness tool and whoa, does it work your core and legs!

I am very excited about this new exercise tool.  After a minute of working out, I was sweating profusely, but I’m motivated and am going to work out hard to get into shape.  The great thing is that Marina (our fitness instructor) made working out so fun that it felt like it was done in just seconds.  I was so pumped and it was so beautiful outside, that I walked the two miles home. Even though New Yorkers tend to walk a lot in general, I’m going to try to take extra walks, and more movement away from my desk to move and stretch those legs!

Day 1 of 90: Official Weigh-in

I was weighed in yesterday on a digital scale and today, mid day on a doctor’s scale.  My weight went up a little more midday to 153 lbs., but that’s just more motivation for me to work hard!  As embarassing as it is to show you a photo in an exercise bra and skimpy shorts, I want to show the transformation.

Day 1 of 90: Lunch

Here is my lunch on day 1. A delicious large falafel in a pita. I spiced it up with some Sambal Oelek chili paste, which has no calories. Its made by the same people who make Sriracha, but I prefer this one, since its 100% chili peppers! I buy it by the case from the importer, since I use it in everything and its quite expensive at the bodegas near me.

Day 1 of 90: It all begins!

This morning, I woke up and took my multivitamins and had some oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins.  I actually burnt my oatmeal, but I still ate it, since there’s no need to waste food and I was in a time crunch.

At 2PM today, I’ll be working out for an hour.  I’m going to try to keep as active as I can with working out.  I’m already on the edge of my seat, ready to look through the back of my closet and fit in those things that I’ve kept and wanted to fit into.  The other day, I found a size 2 skirt that is about 5 years old.  Not sure if I can accomplish a 2 in 90 days, from my current 10, but I’m sure if I keep this up afterwards, I think I can.

I’ve made a decision to stick to healthy eating and a lot of movement.  Just because I sit in front of a computer most of my day, doesn’t mean I can’t strengthen my core, while I do that.

In the words of Yoda, “Do or Do Not. There is no try.” So, here it goes.  I’ll report back about the exercise later.

Travels through Weight Loss for 90 Days

For the next 90 days, starting tomorrow, April 18th, I will begin a new lifestyle.  Through the amazing help of Gaiam Life (a fantastic exercise company), MARINA (an exercise guru) and an exciting new exercise tool that I can only reveal at the end of my 90 days (which I will be using 5 days a week), I’m going to get back down to my ideal weight.

I will be posting daily updates on my progress, but in order to not clutter up my homepage, these updates will not show up on the front page. You can access them by clicking on the “Travels Through Weight Loss” link at the top of my homepage. Also, anyone who subscribes to my emails or RSS feeds will get these updates.

Today, a professional photographer, named Adam Brown, took “before” photos of me.  Let me tell you, there is nothing like being in your tiniest clothes in a gorgeous studio with overflowing white fabric and having your pictures taken, while displaying EVERY roll of fat.  Luckily, I’m surrounded by amazing people, who still make me feel beautiful, as I do this.  I put on three different outfits — my favorite pair of jeans and a top, my workout shorts and an exercise bra and my favorite bikini.  Hopefully, in 90 days, I will look completely different in those outfits!

As a little background, I was skinny all my life and then ballooned up post marriage due to unhealthy eating habits and a huge life style change.  Previous to my marriage, I was either living in college and running around, or in Switzerland and backpacking around Europe, which kept my quite active.  I was able to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro on a whim!  I even lived in an apartment above my parents when I went to law school, so I was able to just walk down a few stairs to enter into the land of fruits and vegetables and other delicious Polish delicacies which, even though they contained butters and things that we are told are bad for us, contained natural and perishable ingredients, which kept me healthy and thin.

So, now at age 30, after a lot of flip flopping the last four years (and even ballooning up to the heaviest I’ve ever been), I’m finally down a few pounds and now want to get to my ideal physical health as an adult.  My motivation: I want my dream job and want to feel good.  What’s my dream job?  I want to be in the FBI and pass the grueling physical fitness test.  So, I’ve made the decision and am ready to work hard and try something new.

So, today, I’ll give you my measurements and weight (as difficult and embarrassing as it is for me!) and, starting tomorrow, I’ll take photos of my food, so you can see portion sizes and what I’m eating.  I’ll tell you what I did to workout and keep you informed about my progress.

  • Weight (with gym shoes): 150.6 lbs
  • Height: 5’5″
  • Waist: 30 in
  • Bust: 37 in
  • Hips: 37 in
  • Arms: LA: 12.5 in, RA: 12.5 in
  • Thighs: 25 in
  • Calves: 15 in
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