Tuesday, December 04, 2007
As requested, here are some of the strategies that helped me eat out six times last Fri-Sat-Sun without gaining any weight. (I weighed myself this morning & again I'm the same.)
1. If one meal is a bit hefty, keep the other one small. Examples:
(a) Lunch of Chicago-style barbecue (baby back ribs), with green beans as my side dish instead of potatoes. I ate a couple of pieces of bread & (just a little) butter too. That evening I had just a bowl of soup at a little Thai restaurant--it was exquisite & perfectly satisfying.
(b) Lunch of two slices of spinach/mushroom deep-dish pizza, with some salad & a beer. Supper that night was a Mediterranean hummus-feta cheese appetizer plate & a beer. The hummus was too dry & the other spread wasn't very interesting, so I ended up eating less than half of that dish.
(c) Lunch of grilled chicken sandwich, steamed veggies, & an orange. That day's supper of Ethiopian food was mostly vegetables & lentils, but we scooped them up with soft injera bread--no fork or spoon--which provides a kind of primal satisfaction (& fun).
2. Mustard instead of mayo on one's sandwich! SP mentions this in a couple of articles I have read, but my taste had already made the switch years ago.
3. I also added a little green Tabasco sauce to my grilled chicken--I love spicy food. If your stomach allows you to eat spicy food, it's a blessing, because hot spices stimulate endorphins & you feel satisfied with less.
4. Light dressing or vinaigrette, & always on the side so I can use just a small amount.
5. Water as the beverage of choice, with one glass of beer or wine on occasion. No soft drinks.
6. As noted above, veggies or fruit as the side dish instead of potatoes or rice. If others order potatoes or fries, you can take a few bites of theirs!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Since I was extremely busy & away from home the whole weekend, I waited to weigh myself till this morning. Good news: I didn't gain! Considering that I ate two restaurant meals each day on Fri., Sat. & Sun. (& Sat. lunch included two slices of Chicago deep-dish pizza!), that's extremely wonderful. I did choose my food carefully, & Sun. afternoon we did a lot of walking, mostly to/from/in the Art Institute.
It gives me hope that after I'm done losing weight I can maintain--as long as I continue to take care.
blog 1, comments etc. 3, cardio 1, track 1, NOT within calories (0! I forgot about an afternoon chocolate treat) = TOTAL 6
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I let myself enjoy good food over the weekend without tracking or thinking about calories. I'm sure I was over 1550 calories every day, & I may weigh a bit more tomorrow when I get on the scale, but I won't worry about it. I'll just get right back to tracking, exercising & eating right.
When I'm in public bathrooms & glance at myself in the mirror, it's nice to be my "real" slim self!
As for the content of my weekend, it was wonderful--much better than I had even hoped. We had great attendance at our public meeting Friday evening, & the people I got to know at the "summit" (a thinking/strategizing meeting with a group of mostly Colombian leaders) were fantastic. Two of them are staying till Monday, so they'll be at our home overnight. We're going out for a farewell meal in a few minutes--Ethiopian food!
Teammates: I do think we need more regular contact--most of the time Paula & I are just talking to each other here. If the rest of the Chispa Chicks can't or don't want to check in more than once a week, I think we should look to recruit a few more people who are active at SP. Setting up a regular Spark Team, as Paula has suggested, might be really helpful for that.
blog 1, comments/e-mail 2 = TOTAL 3
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
We have a guest arriving from Colombia tomorrow early evening, & we're going to be in a whirl of activity over the next few days. I'll be interpreting for a Chicago Public Radio interview Friday morning & for a workshop Friday afternoon. Fortunately, our meetings over the weekend will be held in Spanish. :-) Tonight I still have a number of things to do around the house to be ready for company & for the meetings on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
I won't be able to track those three days--it's going to be crazy & we'll be eating out for most meals. I'll try to be good, of course! I would hate to set myself back when I'm getting so close to reaching my goal.
I'll miss you, Chispa Chicks!
blog 1, comment 1, track 1, within calories 1, strength training 1 = TOTAL 5
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I would have been so uncomfortable on the Atkins diet. I'm not much of a carnivore at all. Tonight I had my chocolate soy ice cream with berries on top after dinner & still have some calories to spare--but as often happens, today's carbs are near the top of my suggested range while fats & protein are below the bottom of theirs. I think I'll go have a small hunk of swiss cheese. Then I'm going to check on how many carbs it has. Hopefully not many.
EDIT: One ounce of swiss cheese has 1 carb gram, 8 each of fat & protein. Now I'm just inside the recommended fats & just under the recommended protein level.
The woes of a semivegetarian . . .
blog 1, comment/e-mail 2, track 1, within calories 1, read article about eating during the holidays 1 = TOTAL 6
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