Tuesday, July 14, 2009
edit: I have changed the title and put this into 1st person (I and me) mainly due to some of the comments.
I don't focus on food. I am blessed not to need a lot of variety with my foods.
We are here at SparkPeople because we all have a problem with food. We need food to survive but food has become The Enemy for a lot of us.
I need to take the focus off foods. For me this means not poring over cookbooks and recipes. Not planning and dreaming about "going out for dinner" every week.
I am always amazed when I visit the pages of new members and they have joined cooking teams. Cooking is not my main problem - eating the cooking is my big problem. So I have trouble understanding why anyone would join teams that revolve around cooking and trying new recipes if trying to take off weight in a timely manner. Note - I don't understand. I am not judging others who differ in their opinion. I have lost a lot of weight by not focusing on recipes and cooking - this works for me even if it won't work for anyone else.
My sister always said to me, "nothing goes better with a diet-book or cookbook than a bag of cookies."
For what it's worth, my mother was fond of saying, "pick a food, any food, and if you had to eat it every day for the rest of your life you wouldn't starve."
I have heard that diet foods are expensive. Well, cakes and candies aren't cheap either.
I think it all comes down to choices. I choose to eat healthier foods and I am losing this excess weight.
**thank you for your opinions JERSEYGIRL24 & ONMYWAYTOGOAL! truly!!
I hadn't considered that the cooking teams might be dealing with other issues as well.
My focus comes from the teachings of Overeaters Anonymous - K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sweetie) and they advised us about not reaching for cook books and poring over recipes. The belief in my OA group seemed to be that seeing the foods would also trigger the desire for them.
***More great points Marty & MIKIIO! Thank you my friends! All this gives me greater insight to what others are dealing with. I am a lousy cook but I have been surprised at how many rely on fast food these days. Thank you all for your opinions - I only know the environment that I grew up in.
I never had the luxury of growing up with fast food. I was grown before the 1st Burger King and McDonald's were allowed in Brooklyn, NYC. And even then we had to drive to them!
My "fast foods" were jewish delicatessens and chinese takeouts. My fast foods were knishes and hotdogs, fried rice and ribs.
We were poor so we didn't eat out much. And there was always bread and cake in the house since my mother worked in a bakery and my father was the Master Pastry Chef for Junior's Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. They were allowed to take food home and it was always fancy pastries and breads.
****Since I am always being asked how I lost 88 lbs in 16 months, I was just explaining one facet of my program. Sorry if I upset anyone with my opinions.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
The family reunion has come and gone. I made my goal of 125 and was even lower!!
My dad's arm is finally showing some improvement!
It is time to get back on track and get rid of these last 6 pounds.
**edit: I am missing the extra couple of hundred calories but doing great!
**edit: I am walking 20,000+ steps and trying to keep my calories around 1800 daily - so far this is working great!
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Today I was asked what my typical day's food plan is like and what I do for exercise. So I thought, maybe this will help others too.
10 Bing cherries
6 oz. Peaches
1 Cup Cantaloupe
6 oz. Strawberries
1 Cup Cottage Cheese 1%
4 oz. Dannon Light & Fit
1.25 pounds fresh cucumbers (munched throughout the day)
2 Tbl Cool Whip
1/2 Cup Cherry Vanilla ice cream
1/2 Cup Cheerios
2.67 oz. Lean Ground Beef
1.34 oz. Breakfast Sausage
1-1/2 Cup Mixed Vegetables
1 oz. Vermicelli
6 oz fresh Tomato
2 Cup Cantaloupe
Finished my day at 1809 Calories, 245 Carbs, 45 Fat, 122 Protein, 1872 Sodium
I try to eat my fruits in the morning with cottage cheese and yogurt. 3-4 oz of fruit equals a portion and the number of portions is up to you. A large apple can be 2-4 portions.
Lunch is protein with veggies. When I was trying to lose the bulk of my weight I also limited the amount of protein to the minimums. Now I am trying to max it out.
Dinner can be cereal with ice cream, added nuts if I still need fats. Or like today, I chose protein and veggies again.
For exercise I walk daily with my neighbor and we are now averaging 5.5 miles every morning, 311 calories burned on average. I try to do some Strength Training 3X week. And I am still using my Walk Away The Pounds videos!
This is pretty much what I have followed for the past 15.5 months with great success. When I was into more weight loss I kept my calories around 1550 and burned about 700 calories on the average day.
I hope this will help someone with their own program.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
I was so-o-o-o bad, but it tasted so-o-o-o good!
Started the day really good, nice normal Saturday other than it was the 4th of July and for the first time ever I had to take Dad to Dialysis on a Saturday (my sister had an opportunity to travel over the weekend!).
Good breakfast of fruit w/ cottage cheese and yogurt! Sampled 1/2 stick made by my dad, maybe 50 calories - I even shared it with his dog!
Wanted to grill some chicken but with a freezer full of chicken I couldn't find a single package from everything else being on top! No problem, I took out 2 Pork Sirloin chops. Even breaded and fried, I could work them into the day.
Went to Walmart's to pick up dad's prescription - pharmacy closed.
4th of July
Wanted to pick up Strawberries for neighbor that took time out of her day to buy Cream Cheese for me on sale with a limit - found Bing Cherries $2 pound! Yikes, I bought Bing Cherries for $2 pound and spent a small fortune!! Did you know you can freeze cherries?! Yup!! I now have loads of cherries on top of my hidden, never to be found again chicken!
Here's where the day got "oops-ed".
Got home and sampled quite a few cherries while attempting to make lunch. Do you remember me saying, "never allow yourself to get hungry?"
So I put the last of the fresh corn into a pot to boil, and thawed the pork the rest of the way and dredged them in a matzoh meal mixture and prepared to fry them. I had also found 1 chicken breast fillet and thawed it too. Yup, coated it as well - what do they say about "in for a dollar, in for a pound?"
Now is where it gets really scary - I never weighed my pork chop! Nope, just kept eating it!! So I estimated it to be about 12 ounces!! Yup, that is quite a portion. Had 2 ears of corn too, one before the pork, one after. It's ok, I cut the pork chop in half! But you guessed it, ate both halves.
Here's where the "in for a dollar, in for a pound," comes in. I wanted dessert so I had my regular dinner right after lunch - ice cream with cereal but this time topped with coolwhip! Believe it or not, at this point my day was still ok! A bit high, but not unacceptable.
So-o-o-o, what happened next you ask? DH was looking for crackers. OMG, I broke the 'cardinal rule' and didn't have a cracker in the house for him. So I opened a new box of Matzoh's and darn his hide, he only wanted half a board. I don't know what happened, but that other half a board just seemed to want me to put peanut butter and jelly on it! So, I made the matzoh happy and smeared it with pb & j and enjoyed! I think you can all see what happened next?! Yup, that half a board with pb & j asked me to get another board of matzoh ready! The only good news here is the board of matzoh is only 100 calories. The better news is by the time I had the 2nd board ready, DH said, "that looks good!" and I gave him half the board - the bigger half!!
The rest of the story is 2600 calories later and in the hole for my Calorie Deficit I got up off my butt and did a 3 Mile WATP with weights, followed by an 18 minute walk outside with DH. Finished my day with a Calorie Burn of 756 and a Calorie Deficit of 32!!
Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?!
Be careful out there, danger lurks in every bite!
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