Thursday, February 10, 2011
If there was a group called Carb-o-holics anonymous....I would probably be President! I love my carbs...I could eat pasta and bread for every meal. Of course this is probably how I got myself into this position in the first place! Oh well, you gotta love a challenge.
I have struggled on this site since I started. I couldn't seem to catch the "spark" and start losing some real weight. According to my scale this morning, I have lost over 14 lbs. since Jan. 1. Yippee! So what makes the difference this time?
I did join Weight Watchers, mostly because I need that extra accountability incentive to step on the scale. They also talk alot about power foods and while there is nothing new about this.....I've read about these foods many times on this site.....my carb-o-holic tendencies would have nothing to do with it.
But now it's different...I'm changing my ways....it's time. I quit buying things like 100 calorie snacks. They are empty carbs and really don't satisfy me...unless I eat two or three of them....You know what I'm saying! I went to Walmart and bought a nice air popper for 14.88...yes I splurged! I asked for it for Christmas but DH refuses to buy me appliances....sweet!
You can have a lot of popcorn...it really hits the spot when I'm really hungry.... spray a little "I can't believe it's not butter spray" and some "Kernal Seasons" popcorn seasoning and I'm a happy gal! It has taken my hubby a little time to get used to it...but it's growing on him!
-more protein than any other cereal grain;
-more iron than eggs, peanuts, spinach or roast beef;
-more phosphorous and fiber than potato chips, ice cream cones or pretzels.
-And 1 gram of fiber per cup is similar to 1/2 cup of bran flakes or a large apple with skin.
How can you lose?
The other major change for me is work. I take my lunch everyday and I usually have a sandwich, a small bag of chips, an apple, some sugar free jello, and sometimes...string cheese.
But then in happened....the Mountain Man came in the door. I have never worked anywhere before where the Mountain Man came in. I have seen him at craft fairs and there is even a store in Yankton I have visited from time to time. If you have never heard of the Mountain Man....it's the Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. and people pedal it something like Avon or Watkins.
I'm hooked on their chewy sprees..which has been the candy of choice for some time...but no more. I bought a bag of almonds. Everyday around 10:30 a.m. I have a small handful of almonds. What a difference that makes. I'm satisfied....I don't feel the need to snack.
I am so happy with how things are going....I'm a long way from goal and success but I'm on my way. I'm sure I will have adjustments a long the way...but I'm positive that protein is the key for me. I am going to make it this time. Because when I feel satisfied....I no longer put any focus on food...it doesn't take over...it's just fuel. I am determined to hang on to this feeling!
P.S. I'm still eating my way through lots of fruits and veggies.....the Honey Crisp Apples are excellent right now!!!! We are going to rid the world of those things yet!!!