Saturday, June 23, 2012
Okay - I'm down 90+ and the ex is down 50+. His youngest daughter is now living with him and the oldest (son) has also returned home for a "few months". Both kids would classify as obese. Seeing the changes dad has made, the kids are now interested in trying his diet too - he's following my lead, so basically Paleo/Primal (low carb w no processed foods).
I've blogged previously about some of my ideas on how to do Paleo in restaurants and food courts, but hadn't spent a ton of time thinking about quick/cheap Paleo options for home.
Let me know if you have any ideas you want to share... His daughter can do some prep and cooking (17), but will be back in school in Sept, so quicker is better!
Friday, June 22, 2012
As I've been losing weight, my lingerie sizes have changed - a few times...
Got "measured and fitted" in a specialty shop this week and was stunned at the "correct" size. I've seen the shows touting the comfort of the "correct sized bra" and heard the percent of women who are wearing the wrong size. Even with this knowledge, I was still surprised at how comfortable the correct size felt and how flattering it looked.
Today I bought a new exercise bra at a "running store". I'm now exercising at higher intensity and want to be sure that in addition to all my SparkFriends, I surround myself with appropriate "support"!
Get measured and fitted for the correct size and try on many different brands and styles... It's an investment (just like proper footwear), but you are worth it!
Preserve the Girls....
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Necessity is the mother of invention: I don't use packaged salad dressings. Most contain sugar and lots of other items I can not pronounce - which seems to fundamentally go against my "whole foods" and Paleo/Primal lifestyle.
But I'm also a realist, I travel a great deal, and sometimes I just have to make the best choice of the available options...
How many of you use oil and vinegar in place of prepared dressings so you can control what is going on your salad? I usually do as well, and started skipping the oil because the bottles are not always labeled and I therefore don't know if the oil is one I choose to eat...
Plain vinegar on a raw veggie salad can leave you wanting something (ANYTHING) to help you Enjoy the food choice you've made. Here's my Super Secret and gift to You...
Yup - read on...
Many vinegrettes have mustard in them - it adds to the texture and helps the dressing to emulsify. So it will be a familiar taste. Best part - if you are in a food court environment, one of the vendors is guaranteed to have mustard (packets at a burger joint or fast food Asian may even have hot mustard packets).
I put a little mustard on top of a prepackaged salad and sprinkle the vinegar (any kind) on top of the whole thing. The mustard almost melts with the addition of the vinegar (or if you have a lid for the salad - put it back on and shake the whole salad to mix your dressing and evenly coat your salad).
For lunch today I had a dollar salad in the fridge from a fast food restaurant, topped it with a full packet of fast food Chinese mustard, and shook red wine vinegar over that. Replaced the lid, shook, reopened and placed a sliced hard boiled egg on top.
Budget friendly, completely within my dieting guidelines, incredible taste (I love spicy)!
Try Dijon, yellow, Chinese, or any other mustard that is within your dietary guidelines...
Try red wine vinegar or malted, apple cider, balsamic, etc.
Have a little fun with this! When available, you can still add a little EVOO, a nut oil, flax seed oil, etc., but when not available or the source is questionable - stay true to your diet without sacrificing taste with a little help from a Yellow friend!
Monday, June 18, 2012
It's official... I'm down 90 lbs.
Bye bye to the number 2 being the first digit on the scale.
Ah... One-derland really does exist for me. I will cherish and appreciate it this time. I won't be careless and let it slip away ever again.
10 more lbs and I'll get to celebrate no longer being obese... WooHoo - here's to being Just Overweight...!?!?!?
Still not sure I've fully processed the changes mentally. When walking this evening, I stopped by a fashionable ladies store with more conservative upscale clients (ie expensive quality clothing). I will never fit into a "slim cut" anything - no matter how small I get, I will always have and love my curves. So it was interesting that the size 14 curvy cut was too large on the hips, but the "modern" (read average) build was a perfect fit. Now I do realize that these establishments have "vanity sizing" - meaning the more the clothes cost, the bigger the cut, so you actually fit in a smaller size than you would wear at any "normal" priced establishment! Thing is - I've never fit into clothes from this store unless it was an XL knit sleeveless shirt to wear under a suit... It's a whole new world of fashion that has now become available.....
I appear to now be an "average" 14/16 - can't wear 14Ws any more..... Too baggy on the hips. I started this journey in earnest back in August 2011 at 289 wearing a full, curvy, or Women's 22/24 (2-3X).
By August, my total loss WILL exceed 100 lbs, I'll be out of the obesity category, and I'll be wearing size 12/14 (large).....
Quite a journey indeed. Thank you my Spark friends. Sincerely - I could not have done this alone. I kept trying and failing on my own. Joining this team is by far one of the best decisions of my life! You have been there to support me, help me, cheer me! Words can not express my gratitude.....
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The next time the scale drops... I'll be in Onderland. I'll celebrate, and I'll continue toward the next milestone - 100 lbs weight loss.
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