Friday, August 30, 2013
So, I have had some success so far in losing pounds, but in the end it's size that matters. Heh. I have dropped 18 pounds, and once upon a time I would have dropped a pants size along with that. Now in this post-40yr old metabolism, no change in pants size. They are a tiny bit looser... it's not such an acrobatic effort to get on jeans straight from the dryer. But, I had hoped to be in a smaller size by this point. Spark Coach tells me that I have to focus on other indicators of getting healthy than pounds lost, but maybe I also have to be patient about changes in clothing. Bah! Patience is not my middle name.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Ok, SparkCoach, here is my list of fast go-to meals:
Option 1: 1 Tbsp low salt/sugar peanut butter/toast/fruit
Option 2: Oatmeal/1Tbsp peanut butter/fruit
Option 3: 1 egg, sauteed veggies, fruit
Lunch or Dinner:
Option 1: 3 oz tuna/tomato slices/grapes/bread
Option 2: 2 oz whole wheat pasta/1 oz cheese/3 oz tuna or chicken/green salad
Option 3: 3 oz grilled salmon or halibut/grilled veggies/green salad
Fruit and 8 pita chips
1 low sugar/fat pudding cup
almonds and fruit
I'm going to need to be very organized and proactive once school starts again. Not eating a healthy lunch due to lack of time turns into ravenous after work and stopping at fast food... NO MORE. Meal plans are the key and this summer I've taught myself that I CAN and DO enjoy cooking healthy meals at home. I just have to do it.
Friday, August 09, 2013
I don't know if the title to this post is a quote from a diet guru somewhere, but a friend sent it to me in a text today at exactly the right time. After a stressful morning, I was sitting in a restaurant trying to figure out what to eat and slowly giving way to thoughts of "Ok, I'll just have a pastrami sandwich. Sodium and fat and cholesterol be damned." But, there was an option for half sandwiches and a salad and right after I told the waitress I'd have half a roast beef (I know...still red meat) with no mayo and a green salad, my friend sent the text. It made me feel so much better about my choice that I was able to focus on being happy with my choice rather than fixating on what I wanted (FRIES! PASTRAMI! PIE!) and I finished lunch feeling rather full and happy.
Writing that one down to put on the fridge tho... "Don't eat your misery."
Saturday, August 03, 2013
I admit it, I've never been a fruit person. I'd choke down a few pieces here and there, usually to satisfy my mother as a kid or out of obligation at a dinner. But this summer...whooooo... I am loving fruit. I've had a torrid affair with cantaloupe and blueberries so far. I've even enjoyed a few plums.
Now, if only I could feel the same love for vegetables. I'm working on that. I went to the farmer's market today and loaded up on things for healthy meals. I've never used leeks before, but I brought some home! And chard... well... I had some in a frittata this morning and I can't say that I'm won over, but I'll give it another chance in another recipe.
Cheers to everyone!
Saturday, August 03, 2013
In my ever continuing quest to analyze every fraction of a pound gained or lost (probably not the most mentally healthy thing to do...) I decided I have to track sodium. What a beast sodium can be! I was so proud of myself for researching what a healthy option at a local restaurant would be in terms of calories. It tasted fabulous, but I knew that it tasted saltier than anything I've been fixing at home. And waddya know? Up in weight the next day... I immediately fell into the trap of "Well, great...now counting calories isn't even working! Why bother??" but then I remembered those salty veggies... Yup, my healthy calorie choice was loaded with sodium once I set my tracker to watch it. So now I am gleefully checking my sodium in the tracker. I say gleefully until I look at all of the fancy salts that are in my cupboard. :(
Ah well...moderation in all things!
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