Biggest Loser blog: saying 'no' to birthday cake

By WEEK Reporter

Biggest Loser blog: saying 'no' to birthday cake

February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 3:48 PM CDT

Peoria's Biggest Loser
Week 4
Debbie Weiss, Pink Team 

The Pink team had as exciting week and so did I. The Pink Team actually won a challenge for taking the most classes in one week. 
Our team attended a total of 62 classes, which made an average of 7.8 classes per member. One of our team members, Denise Knoblauch, attended 22 classes on her own and won the most classes for a female. I think that is so exciting that she was able to accomplish such a task (see Leon's story from Week 3).
I had a better week on the scale this weigh-in. I was so excited that I lost 3.6 pounds last week. That makes a total of 8 pounds since this challenge started. I have also noticed that I can complete more push-ups since I started. My clothes are fitting better, and I am on the last hole in my belt. This makes it worth all the hard work. I know I will have some more difficult weeks, but knowing what I accomplished this week will help with the future downfalls. 
I have been watching what I eat. I was told that I was probably not eating enough and my body was probably going into starvation mode. I didn’t know there was such a thing. So I decided to increase my calories by 200 to 300 calories a day and I lost weight. To me it makes no sense to increase your calories to lose weight, but it worked. I am not saying to eat what you want. Everyone that is making this lifestyle change needs to find out how many calories your body needs to keep working properly and how many calories needed to lose weight.  I thought 1200 calories was a good number, but I did not see the results with that calorie intake, so I increased it. I am continuing the higher calorie intake and seeing if it works for next week too.
I had a couple of challenges of my own this week. I had a dear friend take my husband and I out for dinner on Saturday. I chose a buffalo burger (leaner than hamburger) with a baked potato (instead of the fries). I had a couple of my friend’s shrimp from her skew (not fried or breaded). I skipped dessert. I felt like I accomplished this challenge. 
The other challenge was my mom’s cooking. She invited my husband and me to her house for Lunch at her house on Sunday. She served Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Cream corn, French bread, Noodles, deviled eggs with all the condiments. 
I ate a very small piece of Ham, ½ cup of mashed potatoes with ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’ spray, tablespoon of creamed corn, ½ cup of Noodles, 1 slice of French bread with the same Butter Spray and several baby carrots and celery. I skipped the deviled eggs, as I didn’t think I needed the additional calories. 
After the dishes were done, she then brought out the Birthday frosted Angel Food Cake, Ice Cream, Whipped Cream and Fresh Raspberries. I put about ½ cup of Raspberries on my plate. I saw a banana on the counter, so I cut it up and added it to the raspberries. This was my piece of “Birthday Cake”. It wasn’t as sweet as cake, but it was healthier.   
Even with the choices I made, I do not feel as though I missed out on anything. I learned that sometimes you just have to see what else there is available to eat healthier, but also enjoy the activities. No one that I was with felt I let them down or was not gracious because of my choices while having a meal with them. So I’m enjoying life and what is offered to me, and making a few adjustments to continue my journey.
To find out how you can grocery shop healthier on a tight budget, tune into News 25 and HOI 19 News on Tuesday, February 21.
And don't forget to watch NBC's Biggest Loser show Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

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